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Obama’s Executive Order on Cybersecurity: Sharing is Caring or a New Loophole for Ubiquitous Surveillance?

Obama’s Executive Order on Cybersecurity: Sharing is Caring or a New Loophole for Ubiquitous Surveillance?

Kristina Mihnevich

Kristina holds a BA of Engineeringand an MA in “European Studies on Society, Science and Technology” (Maastricht University, IT University of Copenhagen). She also successfully finished an OSF Summer School on European Studies at İstanbul Bilgi Üniversitesi. Her Master's thesis related to the EU-US debates on the Internet privacy after Snowden's revelations. Kristina has a two-year work experience in IT companies, and has recently accomplished her internship on cyber-security in the context of international relations at CERI SciencesPo. Her current research interest is a variety of social aspects of Internet technologies, with main focus on cyber-security,surveillance and privacy.
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Photo: James Martin/CNET “Everybody is online, and everybody is vulnerable,” – claims the US President, Barack Obama, preaching for the necessity of strengthening the US cybersecurity at the White House’s Summit on Cybersecurity and Consumer Protection on February 13, 2015. However, there is always the reverse side of the coin, and, ironically, such a statement […]

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Greying Of Europe: No Color, Please!

Greying Of Europe: No Color, Please!

Sanja Sontor

Sanja Sontor is a founder and CEO of EduManufaktura, a non-profit organization whose aim is to increase the public awareness and available information across the Balkans on the opportunities and advantages of international higher education. Before founding EduManufaktura, Sanja worked as an analyst and a consultant for international companies and government agencies in the US and in Portugal. Her main professional interests include social policy and welfare state, with an emphasis on education and immigration. Sanja holds a Master of Public Policy degree from the Hertie School of Governance and a Master’s degree in Economics and Business from the University of Zagreb, where she was also awarded a degree in Portuguese language and literature.

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Is immigration a panacea for EU’s rapidly ageing population? Find out in our latest op-ed piece. Author: Sanja Sontor Meet Rikardo Racz. Rikardo is the first baby born in Hungary in 2015 and the one who divided the nation by stirring the never quiescent national debate about immigration and racism. National media noted his birth; […]

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Chile turns its back on neoliberalism with a policy of free higher education

Chile turns its back on neoliberalism with a policy of free higher education

Nicolás Torres Vieira

Nicolás Torres has more than six years of experience in the nonprofit sector, particularly in activities related to labor unions, social and legal empowerment of vulnerable workers, and community development. Nicolás is a lawyer and graduated with high distinction from the Pontifical Catholic University of Chile, and also earned a master in Public Policy from the Central European University in Hungary. While studying at the Law School he worked as a monitor at the Center of Labor Studies Alberto Hurtado, a nonprofit organization dependent on the Konrad Adenauer Foundation, training union and social leaders in labor law, leadership, and communication skills. After graduating from Law School, Nicolás worked as a lawyer in Ernst & Young Chile, rendering consultancy services in labor law, employment taxes, social security and immigration. Before starting his masters’ studies in Hungary, he contributed as a labor law professor at the Institute of Popular Education and Training in Santiago, working with vulnerable workers in order to improve their employment conditions and self-empowerment. During his professional career, Nicolás focused on labor studies, vulnerable workers employment conditions, and the effects of labor unions and collective bargaining on income distribution and poverty.

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Author: Nicolás Torres Vieira Chilean universities will gradually become tuition-free, starting in 2016 with the poorest deciles and so on. And how will this huge reform be funded? The government of president Michelle Bachelet, who has the majority in both chambers of the parliament, passed a tax reform which, once in place, will collect about […]

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Why the ’youth’ don’t need a guarantee

Why the ’youth’ don't need a guarantee

Lena Jacobs

Lena Jacobs is an MA candidate in Public Policy with a focus on EU Public Policy. Prior to this, Lena worked as a communications officer for the Jesuit Centre for Faith and Justice in the Republic of Ireland.

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Lena Jacobs The Youth Guarantee – along with the Youth Employment Initiative – are two of the most far-reaching and heavily funded EU schemes for employment – arguably of any active labour market policy. It is unsurprising that it has come in the wake of the financial crisis, where unemployment rose from 8.6 percent in […]

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Lobbying law in Croatia: haven’t we waited long enough?

Lobbying law in Croatia: haven’t we waited long enough?

Andrija Visic

Andrija is currently an MA candidate in Public Policy at the Central European University. Prior to his studies he had been working as the Head of Office of the Croatian Lobbyist Association in Zagreb, Croatia. His current work involves research on lobbying regulation in the EU member states.

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Andrija Visic Imagine yourself working in a state of legal uncertainty, not really knowing what you are allowed to do and what not. Have you? Good. Now remember that there is a regulation in place that protects you as worker (by defining your profession) giving you certain rights, as there is at least one for […]

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Wealth and Progress

Wealth and Progress

Wolfgang Klotz

Co-founder and Director of the Central and Eastern European Online Library; from 2009 to mid-2012, he was the Director of the Belgrade office of the Heinrich Böll Foundation.

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In 2011 the „Enquete-Commission Growth, Wealth, Quality of Life“ of the German Bundestag installed a special working-group. Its task was defined as the „Development of a holistic Indicator for Wealth and Progress“. Author: Wolfgang Klotz In the group report[1] published in early 2012 the „holistic“ ambition means that the growth of GNP, used till then […]

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European Space Policy: Time to wake up from hibernation?

European Space Policy: Time to wake up from hibernation?

Justina Vaikutyte

Justina is currently an MA candidate in Public Policy at the Central European University. Prior to her studies she had been working as a researcher in the Public Policy and Management Institute in Lithuania. She was responsible for EU-wide research and evaluation projects delegated by the European Commission, mainly in the area of education and training.

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The European Space Agency’s (ESA) Rosetta mission created an unprecedented moment of space exploration by putting a spacecraft on the comet’s surface for the first time in history. The Philae lander managed to accomplish the primary goal of its mission and then hibernated for an indefinite amount of time. So did the European space policy […]

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The Case for Governmental Regulation of Net Traffic (Part II)

Graham Patterson

Graham Patterson is currently finishing his second year of graduate school at the University of York in England, working towards a Master’s in Public Policy. Previously he spent five years working in the government and NGO sectors after receiveing his B.A. from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). His primary academic interests are intergovernmental fiscal transfers, partnerships between government and the private sector, and lately he has taken an active interest in mediation used for diplomacy. His hobbies are traveling, scuba diving and working in local/student government.
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Read part one here. As debate over the future of the internet rages, there are three things to consider for those who hope to achieve their preferential philosophical outcome; the current realities, the proposed options, and the political winds most likely to lead to their chosen result. The first part of this article addressed the […]

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It takes two to tango

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  . On 15th December, the Chinese Prime Minister Li Keqiang shook hands with his Serbian counterpart opening a transit bridge that is to connect two, up to that point, divided sides of Belgrade. The bridge built by the joint effort of the Chinese and Serbian construction workers, engineers and architects, costs 226 million US […]

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Dan kada je student postao subjekt

Aida Džanović

Aida Džanović holds an MA in Political Science from the University of Sarajevo. The title ofher thesis is“European migration policy and the position of migrant workers from the Third world countries in the EU (case: BiH workers in Slovenia)”. Aida works as a researcher and a collaborator on many international and regional projects. She is an author of many research articles published in BiH and Serbia. Aida has organized and presented on many international conferences, took part in international seminars and summer schools. Focus of her research is the European migration policy from the viewpoint of the theory of biopolitics.
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Na Fakultetu političkih nauka u Sarajevu, jedna omanja grupa studenata ‘okuražila’ se da kroz program edukacije i obuke pokrene studentski časopis i web platformu. Program za cilj ima da studentima sarajevskog univerziteta obezbedi prostor gde studenti ‘mogu slobodno da pišu, i da imaju neki vid prakse’ (parafraziram jednog od organizatora ovog programa). Program se sastoji […]

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