25 Mar Coronavirus and the long-term threat to democracy
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by Flora Holmes
This week political systems the world over politics have seen a tightening of government-led lockdowns across the globe – from India, to France, to the United States, to deal with the threat of Coronavirus. On Monday, 23rd March, the UK’s Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced in a televised address watched by 27 million that Britons were to only leave their homes to buy food, to exercise once a day, or to go to work if they are classified as key workers.
Such measures have been wildly popular amongst electorates. Indeed, a poll of 4,500 people by Redfield and Wilton revealed an overwhelming 90 percent of people in Italy, 88 percent in Spain and 87 percent in France support the strict social distancing measures. In the UK, a snap YouGov poll suggested that 93% of the public supports the latest UK lockdown measures – showing how seriou..READ MORE
It was a strange digital flareup. Ceaselessly, and seemingly inexplicably, over an entire night and day, Thai and Chinese netizens took to Twitter to rain insults on each other. Ostensibly, the issue arose over a hapless Thai photographer who, in Thai, wrote that Hong Kong is a “country”. A Thai celebrity, Vachirawit “Bright” Chivaaree, sharedREAD MORE
Despite accepting aid from China to fight the coronavirus, the president of Serbia writes that his country is committed to a pro-Western foreign policy. A Chinese expert, right, from the biotech company BGI Group provides training to a Serbian expert at the Fire Eye laboratory in Belgrade, Serbia, on April 20, 2020.(Xinhua/Shi Zhongyu via GettyREAD MORE
04 May Nina Jankowicz & Peter Pomerantsev on the Future of Disinformation
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by Sophia Gaston
Sophia Gaston spoke with Nina Jankowicz and Peter Pomerantsev, two of the leading expert researchers into contemporary disinformation, to explore the role that it is playing in the Coronavirus pandemic. They discussed the differing ways in which disinformation was being harnessed, the challenges of studying a landscape fraught with as much misinformation as disinformation, the next phases of government regulation, and the likely prominence of disinformation in the 2020 US Presidential Election.
Nina Jankowicz works at The Wilson Center in Washington, D.C., where she studies the intersection of democracy and technology in Central and Eastern Europe. Her book, ‘How to Lose the Information War’, will be published in July 2020. Ms. Jankowicz has advised the Ukrainian government on strategic communications under the a..READ MORE
Australija je posle Kine druga zemlja na svetu koja je u cilju sprečavanja širenja koronavirusa uvela aplikaciju za praćenje kontakata i brzo reagovanje, ako se utvrdi da jedna od dve osobe koje su bile u kontaktu bude zaražena. Pored Australije za sad ovu mogućnost razmatraju Italija, Nemačka, Indija, dok Južna Koreja je nešto slično uvodi,READ MORE
Skip to content Leigh Turner
Ambassador to Austria and UK Permanent Representative to the United Nations and other International Organisations in Vienna
Part of UK in Austria
27th April 2020 Vienna, Austria
Why now is the time to take global action against COVID-19 Coronavirus or COVID-19 has been shaping the reality of life and work in Austria, the UK and around the world.
As we are all trying to do our bit to fight the spread of the virus (stay at home!) and adapt where possible to a new normal, I think it’s worth reminding ourselves that in order to find a long term solution to the threat posed by the virus we have to work together as a global community.
We face an urgent need to develop, manufacture and equitably distribute therapeutics, diagnostics and a vaccine. No country can do this on its own. Without cooperation on this, our eventual recovery will take longer, be more uncertain and bring greater risk of repeated outbreaks.
As an international, open and densely populated coun..