AUGUST 24, 2020
In this edition of Comm(Unity), we bring you a fantastic episode with Dr. Nicol Turner Lee on technology and privacy. We also update you on the political situation in Mali, suggest a new book by General John Allen (USMC, Ret.) and provide a delicious way to use those ripe tomatoes!
On our recent episode — Dr. Nicol Turner Lee, Director, Center for Technology Innovation, Brookings Institution joins us for a discussion on tech, privacy and bias. Recap the conversation as we tackle questions such as: How do we ensure both public safety and personal privacy in a time of crisis? How do we address the threats posed by biases inherent to these technologies?
Moderated by Megan Clark Torrey, CEO.
Read Nicole Turner Lee’s recent article on what to expect from Biden-Harris on tech policy, platform regulation, and China.
Weekly Article Roundup
Follow along with the CTWAC staff on this week’s article roundup (with some special recommendations!):
A power vacuum opened after mutinous soldiers stormed Mali’s capital and arrested President Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta last week
Militants loyal to Al-Qaeda and the Islamic State may seek to fill this void
Iran continues to shift the focus of its foreign policy eastward, which might result in stronger ties with Moscow
Explore the potential results of closer relations between the two countries
Belarus appears to be on the brink of major change, which has many people wondering, how will Russia respond?
Belarus won’t be Ukraine 2.0
Conspiracy theories no longer roam solely in the corners of the Internet – see how Instagram influencers are repackaging QAnon for the masses
See how Instagram may become the next fake news battleground
Combating terrorism was once the fixation of the world – how will the pandemic change terrorism and counterterrorism responses?
New opportunities exist for both terrorists and policymakers going forward
Read about how artificial intelligence has the potential to lead to a utopia or dystopia, depending on future policies and governance
American journalist Emily Strasser grapples with her history due to her grandfather’s role in developing the bomb dropped on Hiroshima
Watch this semi-autobiographical take on Oscar winner Alfonso Cuarón’s life growing up in Colonia Roma of Mexico City
Play this narrative game inspired by the SDGs of the United Nations as you meet and help five young global citizens solve global problems
We know you have plans for those juicy, ripe gems from your garden, but be sure to try this tomato galette recipe before the end of the season for a savory and decadent treat!
Global Good News
Finding beauty in ordinary things
The Japanese aesthetic mingei, which roughly translates to “folk art” or “popular craft” in English, strives to find beauty in the ordinary, everyday things. For some, this concept has provided consolation in the many months of quarantine.
Check in next week for another CTWAC exclusive cartoon:
We are honored to be able to present Paul “Buddy” Bucha, Recipient of the Medal of Honor, with the 2020 Luminary Award. Paul embodies true leadership and service. As General David Petraeus (US Army, Ret.) recently put it, “Paul’s one of my heroes…He is a true American hero and I’ve always treasured the friendship we have had.” We have a lot of surprises and announcements ahead for this year’s virtual celebration. I hope you can join us to celebrate Paul and the impact of his service on our community, country, and world.
Megan Clark Torrey
 Nicol Turner Lee: The Brookings Institution
 Paul Bucha: Veteran’s Advantage
 Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta: Ctruongngoc via Wikimedia Commons
 The Bomb: cover image from BBC World Service
 Tomato galette: photo by Alex Lau; food styling by Susie Theodoru; prop styling by Aneta Florczyk via Bon Appetit
 Mingei: Bridgeman Images via The Economist
 Cartoon: Caroline Schaefer
 Megan Headshot: Caroline Schaefer
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