Sophie Simons


Platform Capitalism

Platform capitalism creates further social divide and inequality in our society, particularly within issues of information distribution, privacy and algorithmic bias. Platform capitalism is disproportional, negatively impacts the poorer subsets of our populations – especially people of minority backgrounds – and is manipulated by corporations and people in positions of power. As a […]


WeChat And AliPay: Transforming Or Disrupting NZ Businesses?

On 4 July 2019, the North Asia Centre of Asia-Pacific Excellence held a revolutionary speaker event on the new payment and integration technology of WeChat and the Chinese payment system AliPay. Specifically, the speaker Ralph Shale addressed some key discussion points from Chinese e-commerce and mobile payments, why it matters, […]


The Trump-Kim Nuclear Summit: Finding The Middle Ground With South Korea

Hosted by the ambassador for South Korea, Mr. Seung-bae Yeo, at Victoria University’s Pipitea Campus on 6 June, the Institute For Governance & Policy Studies’ groundbreaking talk covered the history of the divide between the US and North Korea, and South Korea’s role as a neigbour to North Korea and […]