Category: Society

Apam Aitkan (Mom Said) | Zere

Commentary by Angelachiara Allegretti | Illustration by Armadilly Apam Aitkan, in English ‘Mom said’, is the title of the new song by the young Kyrgyz singer and activist Zere Asylbek, become famous in 2018 with the song Kyz (Girl). Released in November 2020, the song is about the harassment...

Belarus has woken up

Article by Angelachiara Allegretti | Illustration by Niccolò Cedeno The official results of the Belarusian presidential election of 9 August 2020 overwhelmingly sanctioned the victory of outgoing President Aleksandr Lukashenko, who has led the country for the past 26 years. In the weeks before and after the election, numerous...

Policy Toolkit for 2021: What to Bring into the New Year

Article by Laura Morazzini | Illustration by Armadilly 2020 has been a difficult year from many points of view, with new problems upsettingly emerging and old ones inexorably worsening. However, with the new year comes an uplifting drive to change things, and, although it is impossible to draw exhaustive...

”I wanna go out, but I wanna stay home” | Courtney Barnett

Commentary by Matilde Monteleone | Illustration by Armadilly     We are in the middle of the second wave of this global pandemic, and more and more countries are taking the path of lockdown through some form of restriction. We are often told to “stay at home”, to prevent...

Dealing with the ageing of the Old Continent to prevent a European Collapse

Article by Laura Governi | Illustration by Niccolò Cedeno For decades now, Europe has been facing an alarmingly low birth rate and the concurrent aging of its population. Scholars have argued that these trends could provoke the collapse of the economy. Are we equipped to work on the necessary...

A Post-Privacy World? Big Data and the Privacy Paradox

Article by Anna Groh | Illustration by Francesco Moretti Forecasting the future – a useful gift that mankind could only dream of, until today. Indeed, in the age of digitalization, the rise of the internet and AI, forecasting the future is no longer just a dream. Interestingly, we are...

Social Media & Social Movements: Partners in Crime?

Article by Anna Groh | Illustration by Niccolò Cedeno 2017: The hashtag #MeToo goes viral on social media, breaking the national silence around the issue of sexual harassment. This eventually resulted in the firings of several men in high-power positions and changes to federal law (North, 2019). According to...

Are social media a zero-sum game?

Article by Alessia Petrucci | Illustration by Armadilly Comics ”Not everything that can be counted counts and not everything that counts can be counted.” (William Bruce Cameron) I am not going to lie. Something that happened to a friend some days ago pushed me to write this article. Long...

The Epidemic and the “Other”

Article by Sabrina Lim | Illustration by Francesco Moretti “Of all the things that could kill 10 million people or more, by far the most likely is an epidemic.” The harrowing words of Bill Gates’ 2015 Ted Talk on epidemics never rang more true. The 2019-20 Nouvelle Coronavirus had...