Brazilian Supreme Court justices recently decided to intervene to prevent an authoritarian government, which could be the first move in a process of democratic consolidation or, by contrast, the seeds of a later autocracy using judicial authority in its favor.
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In 2022, no discussion of foreign policy should occur without considering the role of major tech companies. The costs of passivity in coordination are high, and missed opportunities for democracy and human rights promotion abound.
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A review of Richard L. Hasen, “Cheap Speech: How Disinformation Poisons Our Politics—and How to Cure It” (Yale University Press, 2022).
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