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  • 5-June-2017

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    Bridging divides in a post-truth world

    The 2017 OECD Forum takes place after a series of political upheavals few would have predicted scarcely twelve months ago. Divides have become more apparent between metropolises and capital cities on the one hand, and towns and villages on the other, between Millennials and pensioners, between the haves and the have-nots, between the best and the rest.

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  • 2-June-2017

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    Can we save our democracies from hackers?

    The first generation of those born into the internet age is already joining the workforce and yet the internet still manages to disrupt. The phenomenon of fake news is one of the by-products of digital transformation and it is worth taking a look at what is new, and not so new, and how it fits in to the rest of what some are calling the “post-truth world”.

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  • 2-June-2017

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    Re-booting government as a bridge to the digital age

    Digitalisation has already been under way for about half a century, yet it is only now that everyone is talking about a digital revolution. Why? One reason is the spread of faster and better connectivity. In 2013, about 80% of OECD countries had complete broadband coverage, fixed or wireless.

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  • 2-June-2017

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    Towards an empowering state: Turning inclusive growth into a global reality

    It is hardly surprising that rising inequality has translated into growing political disaffection, anti-market sentiment and disenchantment with globalisation. In such a context, we desperately need to take action to promote inclusive growth and restore public confidence in the power of policymakers to improve people’s lives.

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  • 17-May-2017

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    Participatory democracy: Portugal’s new frontier

    Democracy is a living organism; it is made by and for the people. And encouraging more people to participate surely strengthens democracy.

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  • 12-May-2017

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    How to make facts matter again

    It doesn’t feel like a great time to be an expert. Experts rely on facts, evidence and careful analysis to make assessments of the past, present, and future. All those categories—expertise, evidence and logical analysis—seem under attack. Equally importantly, public trust in the institutions that house experts has ebbed at an alarming rate over the last 40 years.

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  • 9-May-2017

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    How to stop the slide from info-storms to post-factual democracy

    Information is in no short supply these days. Indeed, as comedian Joey Novick has pointedly remarked: “The information in the world doubles every day. What they don’t tell us is that our wisdom is cut in half at the same time.”

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  • 9-May-2017

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    Digging up facts about fake news: The Computational Propaganda Project

    This may come as a surprise to most serious policymakers, but here’s a fact: not all that is “news” is fact-checked information. Worse, non-facts are frequently introduced into stories and passed off as facts. Welcome to the new information world. It is unsettling, and hardly augurs well for robust policymaking. So what can be done about it?

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  • 31-March-2017

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    Is there still time to save our trust in government?

    OECD blog on the current dwindling levels of trust and what governments can do to help rebuild public trust.

  • 7-February-2017

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    Resolving complex problems - the challenge for governments

    Blog argues that governments should stop approaching complex challenges through the limitations of their institutions and explore innovative ways of problem solving.

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