Dispatch from the Digital Planet: November 2021

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Dispatch from Digital Planet: November 2021
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RESEARCH SPOTLIGHT
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How Green is the Greenback? An Analysis of the Environmental Costs of Cash in the United States
In 2020, the US printed more than five billion new cash notes. Though global cash transactions may be in decline, US production of cash notes has remained relatively flat. As cash production requires raw materials, some of them scarce, in this analysis we examine the questions: how green is the greenback, i.e., what is the environmental cost of producing and using cash notes? And how does this cost compare to that of crypto assets, like Bitcoin?
PERSPECTIVES
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Global Money Shifts to India as Xi Cracks Down on Tech
Foreign Policy
As the tech crackdown in China came to a head this summer, Chakravorti explains that investments in Indian start-ups rose from $1.6 billion to nearly $8 billion. While this is an opportunity for the Indian startup ecosystem, given the inevitable boom-bust cycle in tech markets, it is essential for Indian policymakers to ensure there are enough chairs in the room when the music stops.
IMAGINING A DIGITAL ECONOMY FOR ALL (IDEA) 2030 COUNCIL RESEARCH
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How has digital competitiveness impacted inclusion globally?
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Bloomberg Baystate Business Radio
Bhaskar Chakravorti on the big issue of regulating Big Tech
ANALYST OF THE MONTH
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Francisco Salazar
BA, International Relations '23
Undergraduate Research Analyst, Digital Planet
I’VE BEEN WORKING ON
Digital inclusion and how internet consumption has changed during the pandemic.
AN INSIGHT I DISCOVERED
Our need for human connection transferred into the digital realm as our lives adapted to living and working remotely. As social animals, we built digital bridges when social distancing became a health necessity. The transition is evident from visitor data for websites with a human interaction component (such as Twitch or Zoom), which saw a far more significant increase in visits than passive websites.
I’M PASSIONATE ABOUT
Creating an environment of opportunities where everyone can reach their true potential through inclusive digital ecosystems.
IN THE NEWS
This exec was central to banning Trump on Twitter. Now she's facing thorny issues in democracies abroad   |   CNN Business
Tufts Global Business Dean: “Meta Is Doomed”   |   Bloomberg
Facebook earnings top $9 billion, but Apple change puts sales in the hot seat   |   MarketWatch
Global Money Shifts to India as Xi Cracks Down on Tech: Bhaskar Chakravorti   |   Foreign Policy
Census goes digital   |   BBC Sounds
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