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Have we seen progress in the last decades?

Chapter 1 presents a mixed picture about social progress in the last decades, with a mix of positive and negative trends. What do you think have been the most important elements of social progress in the last decades, and the most important negative trends? Do you...

Should we have a world government?

There are many global problems, such as those linked to conflicts, natural resources in international waters, climate change, cross-border pollution, that would be better addressed if there was a central authority with the power to force national governments to comply...

Media in the 21st Century

Chapter 13 highlights the importance of contributions by journalists and media to public knowledge and social progress. With new technologies and platforms, the landscape of media is constantly shifting. As citizens, we have become accustomed to reading news and...

Surveillance: Blessing or Curse?

Technological developments over the past decades have opened the doors for mass-surveillance by corporations and governments. In 2013, Edward Snowden revelations of secret surveillance programs conducted by the United States’ National Security Agency (NSA) as...