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The information campaigns surrounding Brexit/Bremain are about more than accurate data or an unknowable future.
India’s sluggish cybersecurity policy needs timely intervention to preserve its market leadership in global information technology services.
The People’s Bank of China (PBOC)’s decision not to release information about outflows of capital in January 2016 highlights concerns about the reliability of China's economic data.
Analysis of national space policies suggests challenges ahead for the management of sovereign data entitlements.
South Korean use of German reunification archives marks shift in public information policy.
The recent silencing of domestic media in Burundi limits data available for robust analysis of emerging patterns of repression and violence.
Media coverage of the South China Sea dispute is weighted heavily toward US-China dynamics and obscures a richness of local and regional detail.
Analysis of Russia’s new data sovereignty law reveals concerns over the country’s long term economic and political stability.
The focus of an emerging trade dispute between the US and China highlights political rivalry over technology developments.
Recent accusations of Kenyan government media repression suggest researchers and investors will need to exercise caution when sourcing data on the east African nation.