Gina joined Breakingviews in 2016 from the Financial Times, where she was the enforcement and regulatory correspondent in Washington, most recently focused on white-collar crime and cyber security. Before that, Gina was the corporate reporter for Quartz and spent seven years at the Wall Street Journal in New York, Baghdad and Detroit, covering M&A, war and cars. She also has written a book about the Khmer Rouge, trained journalists in Iraq and written from her native Seoul.
San Francisco is mulling a so-called IPO tax to help fund affordable housing. Money isn’t really the issue, though: useful projects get snared in local opposition. Facebook and its ilk would do more good getting staff to be engaged citizens, and even incentivizing them to do so.
The G20 helped rein in systemically risky banks after the financial crisis by creating the Financial Stability Board to develop new rules. Adapting that approach to set up an Internet Accountability Board would be a smart way to police the likes of Facebook, YouTube and Twitter.
The Chinese telecom firm has effectively been cut off from U.S. suppliers, from Qualcomm to Google. That happened to ZTE too, and the president relented largely to help trade talks. Huawei is a much bigger, bipartisan concern. Even so, a similar reprieve can’t be ruled out.