November 28

Earth and Beyond

Wednesday’s Big Idea

Today's Big Idea: Transparency

The Western world has followed China's economic rise with bated breath, awed and somewhat frightened by the phenomenon of "managed capitalism" – by how much it's possible to accomplish how quickly, economically speaking, when you don't have to worry too much about human rights, the environment, or those other messy barriers businesses and government officials in democracies must face. 

By extensive policing of the internet and suppression of dissenting voices, China has managed all this at a time when the internet has made life across the globe ever-more transparent. But it's a constant and expensive battle for Beijing, and one that looks increasingly untenable. 

  1. 1 Ai Weiwei: The Price of China's S...
  2. 2 Henry Rollins: The Myth of Online...
  3. 3 Why WikiLeaks Is Great for Diplomacy
  4. 4 What Happens When Anonymous Gets ...
   
  1. Ai Weiwei: The Price of China's Success

    Ai Weiwei: The Price of China's Success

    Here, in a Big Think interview at his Beijing studio, Ai Weiwei discusses the challenges China faces to becoming a truly “great nation.” 

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  2. Henry Rollins: The Myth of Online Transparency

    Henry Rollins: The Myth of Online Transparency

    The Godfather of DIY Punk says that the internet has opened up new worlds of instantaneous communication, and new opportunities for media and governments to obscure and evade the truth.   

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  3. Why WikiLeaks Is Great for Diplomacy

    Why WikiLeaks Is Great for Diplomacy

    Diplomacy has always adapted to technology, and WikiLeaks empowers individual actors and organizations by decentralizing the control of information.

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  4. What Happens When Anonymous Gets a Bank?

    What Happens When Anonymous Gets a Bank?

    The same people who brought you Wikileaks are back, and this time, they've created a virtual ...

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