Cypherpunks once saw the crypto-currency as a victory for freedom and decentralization. Instead, bitcoin has become a playground for the already powerful, creating new forms of control.
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Bitcoin's broken promise

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Cypherpunks once saw the crypto-currency as a victory for freedom and decentralization. Instead, bitcoin has become a playground for the already powerful, creating new forms of control. By Carl Miller.
G20

A Canadian initiative for this year's G7 Summit: new faces for a more inclusive G20

Canada’s G7 agenda already includes several priorities, such as inclusive growth, gender equality and climate change. John Sinclair proposes adding one more — building support for the addition of two new G20 seats.
ICC prosecutor

Despite recent achievements, many challenges ahead for the International Criminal Court

Will the impending implementation of the ‘crime of aggression’ and investigation into Afghanistan once again put the ICC’s legitimacy to the test? By Melissa Tessler

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Running out of water

Cape Town, South Africa's second-largest city, has contingency plans for when it could run out of water, which might happen as soon as April. As it is, residents are only allowed to use enough to wash the dishes, take a four-minute shower and flush the toilet four times — but even these restrictions may not be sufficient to prevent "Day Zero," as Carolyn Thompson reports for Maclean's.

Press freedom in Southeast Asia

In the mid-2000s, writes Megha Rajagopalan for BuzzFeed, an influx of social media and "gutsy" online news outlets suggested a brighter future for press freedom in Southeast Asia. But a decade later, activists say, the situation has never been more dire, thanks to repressive regional governments and the Trump administration's lack of interest in human rights.

UPCOMING EVENTS

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Real & Imagined Security Threats In An Uncertain World

Feb. 2, 2018, Edmonton
In this lunch hour talk, Canadian International Council national president Mark Sedra will explore the politics of fear and the actors that drive it.
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Look Who’s Watching: Surveillance, Treachery and Trust Online

Feb. 20, 2018, Waterloo
Join Fen Osler Hampson and Eric Jardine as they discuss the main findings of their book, Look Who’s Watching: Surveillance, Treachery and Trust Online.

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