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Government and industry must find middle ground on encryption

Tuesday, May 17, 2016
Neil Desai
For months, a single Apple iPhone has held the attention of the news media, legislatures, security agencies and civil liberties organizations around the world. The smartphone confiscated in the investigation stemming from a mass shooting in San Bernadino, Calif., has gone from potential evidence to symbol of a backlash against the questionable use of intelligence in the name of national security.

Brainard Sways U.S.-Centric Fed to Think Global in Rates Debate

Friday, May 13, 2016
Craig Torres and Christopher Condon
Bloomberg Business
Domenico Lombardi, director of the global economy program at the Centre for International Governance Innovation, a Canadian think tank, said Brainard had broken with the classical view that drags from abroad mainly come through the trade channel.

As climate change claims heat up, insurance industry says we need to adapt

Thursday, May 12, 2016
Don Pittis
CBC News
"They lose sleep every time it rains really hard because they know they're going to get flooded basements," says Jason Thistlethwaite, a University of Waterloo professor who studies the insurance industry, about people in the business.

Q&A With Eric Jardine: Examining The Pros & Cons Of The Dark Web

Wednesday, May 11, 2016
Computer Power User
Late last year, the Center for International Governance Innovation polled about 24,000 people in 24 countries for a survey concerning Internet security, privacy rights, trust, and the Dark Web. When asked if the Dark Web should be shut down, a staggering 71% of those surveyed agreed it should. Although that’s certainly a high percentage, the sentiment isn’t exactly surprising given that most attention the Dark Web (or Dark Net) attracts is negative in nature, and often extremely so. Commonly, the Dark Web is described as the darkest corner of the Web where everyone and everything operates in anonymity—a fact that enables various seedy undertakings, including marketplaces for illegal goods and services, terrorist communication and recruitment, hackers for hire, and worse.

Bread and bombs

Tuesday, May 10, 2016
Jean-Frédéric Légaré-Tremblay
Le Devoir
Drums, bugles, trumpets and missile launchers. The Congress of North Korea's Workers' Party, the first in nearly 40 years, ended Tuesday with a giant parade in the heart of Pyongyang.

Costs of Canada’s TPP Membership Lower Than Staying Out

Tuesday, May 10, 2016
World Politics Review
In an interview, Patricia Goff, a senior fellow at the Centre for International Governance Innovation, discusses the potential impact of the TPP on Canada’s economy.

Fort McMurray fire to increase Alberta's economic woes

Tuesday, May 10, 2016
CTV News
CIGI Senior Fellow Jeff Rubin weighs in on the economic impact of the Fort McMurray fires that have forced crude oil production to shut down.

Alberta fires could set insurance loss record in Canada’s property insurance industry

Monday, May 9, 2016
While wildfires are covered by property insurance, CIGI Senior Fellow Jason Thistlethwaite says the latest fires in Alberta's Fort McMurray could easily become the largest insured loss in the industry's history. In an interview with Canada's BNN television, he discusses his assessment of the economic effects this extreme weather event and what businesses and governments can learn from the devastation.

Ambassador praises Canada-U. S. relationship

Wednesday, May 4, 2016
Brett Davis
Waterloo Region Record
The one thing U.S. ambassador to Canada Bruce Heyman says he's being asked about most these days is the one thing he can't really talk about — the race for the White House. "There isn't a place in Canada … where somebody doesn't pull me aside with a question, or a statement," Heyman told an audience at the Centre for International Governance Innovation on Wednesday.

An Energy Revolution

Thursday, April 28, 2016
Steve Paikin
TVO The Agenda
Bill Gates predicts researchers will "discover a clean energy breakthrough that will save our planet and power our world" within the next 15 years. What is the current state and future of clean energy technology? Can renewables such as solar and wind replace carbon-intensive energy sources? Is a game-changing energy innovation needed to avert climate catastrophe? The Agenda examines the current state and the future of cheap and clean energy technology, and the practical and political challenges of shifting to renewable energy. CIGI Senior Fellow Sarah Burch participates in a panel discussion in Waterloo, Ontario.

Tsipras request for EU summit on Greek debt falls on deaf ears

Wednesday, April 27, 2016
Peter Spiegel and Kerin Hope
Financial Times
Faced with slumping poll numbers at home and new austerity demands from abroad, Alexis Tsipras, Greece’s embattled prime minister, tried a well-worn negotiating tactic. He appealed to Donald Tusk, the European Council president, to drag fellow leaders into increasingly fraught negotiations over his country’s €86bn bailout in hopes that they would grant Athens a better deal.

When a country goes bankrupt

Wednesday, April 27, 2016
Robin Wigglesworth
Financial Times (podcast)
In the first episode of a four part series on sovereign bankruptcy, the FT's Robin Wigglesworth looks at how and when countries fall into distress, and examines whether Italy's debts are sustainable. Domenico Lombardi, director of the Global Economy Program of the Centre for International Governance Innovation, is interviewed.
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