Monthly Archive: March 2020

Global Spectator, by Andrés Ortega Infodemic and mediademic

Amid the coronavirus crisis there is also an overload of information, something that the Director General of the World Health Organisation described at the beginning of February as an ‘infodemic’, a glut of misinformation deriving from various sources –there is never any shortage of troublemakers, whether motivated by their [...]

Spain in times of the coronavirus

Every evening on the dot of 8pm my neighbours in Madrid take to their windows, balconies or front doors, if they have a house, to applaud those in the healthcare system working tirelessly and in far from optimum conditions of safety, due to the lack of protective equipment, to [...]

Iran, Libya, Turkey, and COVID-19: a ‘geopolitical Commission’ put to the test

Shortly after taking office as the new President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen pledged to lead a ‘geopolitical Commission’, as opposed to a “political Commission”. Since then, the European Commission has identified ‘a stronger Europe in the world’ as one of its key priorities for its [...]

Ideology and support for climate and energy transition policies in Spain

The COVID-19 pandemic and climate change have been argued to share the problem of exponential growth, in expansion and in emissions, that runs against the hard limits of the health system in the case of the coronavirus and against planetary boundaries in the case of climate change. Attention is [...]

Global Spectator, by Andrés Ortega The deglobalisation virus

Coronavirus and the way of trying to control its effects, including the way of thinking about it, is bringing the world to a standstill (barring conflicts such as Syria and its refugees, Libya and even Iraq), a standstill that entails tremendous risks. It is not that coronavirus has put [...]

Spain goes digital

I’ve finally installed double glazing in my home. Two companies came to give me quotes. One company measured the size of the windows digitally. The information on the length and width of the windows was sent to their IT system which, together with the cost of the materials, produced [...]

Global Spectator, by Andrés Ortega Europe’s ‘sovereignty fever’

In the midst of rivalry between the world’s great powers, or perhaps precisely because of it, ‘European sovereignty’ has become the new watchword and new aspiration of certain prominent EU leaders, from the President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, to the French President, Emmanuel Macron. Or [...]

Big Tech companies and States: policy or politics?

In January 2020, Microsoft announced the creation of a permanent delegation at the United Nations in New York City. The goal is to advance the UN Sustainable Development Goals on key technology, humanitarian, environmental, development, and security issues. The same company also appointed for the first-time a (Danish) diplomat [...]

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