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RESEARCH SPOTLIGHT
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The Elon Musk—Twitter Takeover Saga: A Multi-Country Sentiment Analysis of Twitter Users
From March 1st to April 27th 2022, Elon Musk went from criticizing Twitter, to buying out the company. We analyzed over 4 million tweets during the 8-week period to study various sentiments about the takeover expressed by users on the platform.
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Global Digital Inclusion: Progress to Parity Scorecard
The Progress to Digital Parity interactive scorecard tracks the journey towards realizing the goal of a digital economy for everyone, everywhere. Our Progress to Digital Parity research compares each of the 90 economies in our study to a truly inclusive digital economy for all—regardless of one’s gender, socioeconomic status, or geographic location.
PERSPECTIVES
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Why We Should Care About Elon Musk's Twitter Takeover Bid: Bhaskar Chakravorti
The Indian Express
Bhaskar Chakravorti takes a look at Elon Musk's intention of taking Twitter private. He addresses how it gives him too much license with no scrutiny. He also talks about the fallout for the effort to build back trust in social media as regulators struggle to contain social media assaults on democratic institutions.
DIALOGUE
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Imagining a Digital Economy for All in Ukraine
Ukraine's third largest sector, tech and IT, continues to persist despite the devastation caused by the Russian invasion. Bhaskar Chakravorti hosts a series of conversations with Ukrainian tech businesses and their cross-border clients as a part of a running case study to understand how their work is being affected, and what we can do to support them as the war progresses.
ANALYST PUBLICATION
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In her independently published piece in Economics of Transition and Institutional Change, Digital Planet Research Analyst Abidemi Adisa delves into the oft-accepted claim that the centralized power installed by the regime was a driver of economic development. Using a Synthetic Control Method, a statistical analysis tool to compare case studies, Adisa finds that the opposite is the case: potential economic output fell well below what was expected prior to the centralized power, with a loss of about $4,000 in potential GDP per capita.
FEATURED
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The International Monetary Fund's Working Paper examines the role of Fintech in financial inclusion. Correlated with the Digital Inclusion Index's data, the paper concludes that greater use of fintech significantly narrows class and rural divides but has no impact on gender divide. The findings imply the need for targeted policy initiatives aimed at addressing the gender gap directly.
ANALYST OF THE MONTH
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Mortaza Afghan
Graduate Research Fellow,
Digital Planet
I'VE BEEN WORKING ON
Exploring the stringency of migration policies and practices in OECD countries, particularly how migrants were treated before and during the pandemic.
AN INSIGHT I DISCOVERED
The plight of migrants during COVID-19 is worrying for the future of migration. While some countries have shown how to treat migrants with dignity and respect during a global health crisis, others have continued to take harsh immigration measures proving to be devastating for many immigrant families.
I'M PASSIONATE ABOUT
Helping policymakers, non-profits, and international institutions improve national integration policies and standards for equal treatment.
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IN THE NEWS
Cyber threats could outpace traditional approaches to data security: MyDIGITAL CEO   |   The Edge Markets
Twitter employees blanch at prospect of Musk ownership   |   MarketWatch
Twitter loves Musk but dreads a Musk takeover, research finds   |   Fast Company
The age of 'Slobalisation': What tectonic shifts in global trade means   |   The Economic Times
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