Social media was used in the 2009 protests to organize and communicate under government censorship. An analysis of more than 2.5 million tweets discussing the Iran election holds promise for such policy uses as assessing public opinion and forecasting events such as large-scale protests.
The immediate risks posed by al Qaeda's online campaign do not justify attempting to impose controls that could be costly to enforce and produce unintended consequences. However, the situation warrants continued monitoring for signals of new dangers.
China's Tianjin Binhai New Area (TBNA) and Tianjin Economic-Technological Development Area (TEDA) can best spur regional development and economic growth by focusing on emerging high-technology applications, including molecular-scale drug development and green manufacturing.
Senior Research Leader in Research and Innovation Policy
Joanna Chataway is RAND Europe's Senior Research Leader in Innovation and Technology Policy. She has more than 20 years of research and consultancy experience in the areas of innovation and social and economic development—particularly in the analysis and evaluation of investment in…