Workers in the gig economy have few to no protections on the federal level, leaving cities and states to craft policy to regulate these industries themselves. However, companies are pushing back, unwilling to provide the data needed to create and enforce effective policies. John Ahlquist argues for the creation of a “data tax” – not a monetary tax but an obligation for companies to provide policymakers with near-real-time data in a standardized, secure format. Medium
Will China face sudden economic collapse because of a lack of inclusive institutions?
Tai Ming Cheung discusses Xi Jinping’s absolute control over the Chinese Communist Party, stating that not even Mao Zedong controlled the military to the same extent as Xi does today. Will Xi’s control, under the guise of national reforms, prevent China’s growth – and maybe contribute to its downfall? Pakistan Today. See also: Global Village Space
When North Korea talks peace, tensions escalate afterward
In a co-authored opinion, Stephan Haggard takes a long-run view of North Korean peace proposals over the years in the context of surrounding historical events, determining that when North Korea floats the idea of a peace agreement, what follows is a cycle of provocations. Asia Times