Digital socialism

First, the bad news. When it comes to Big Tech, we have lost the plot. By we, I refer to those of us who, in one way or another, feel a relationship with social democracy or socialism. Read full Article

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Many Tech Experts Say Digital Disruption Will Hurt Democracy

The years of almost unfettered enthusiasm about the benefits of the internet have been followed by a period of techlash as users worry about the actors who exploit the speed, reach and complexity of the internet for harmful purposes. Read full Article

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How to Fix Facebook—Before It Fixes Us

In early 2006, I got a call from Chris Kelly, then the chief privacy officer at Facebook, asking if I would be willing to meet with his boss, Mark Zuckerberg. I had been a technology investor for more than two decades, but the meeting was unlike any I had ever had. Mark was only twenty-two. … Continue reading "How to Fix Facebook—Before It Fixes Us"

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Milton Friedman’s World Is Dead and Gone

The annual conclave of the rich and powerful this month in Davos, Switzerland, put the longstanding debate about the social responsibility of corporations front and center by proclaiming its official theme as “stakeholders for a cohesive and sustainable world. Read full Article

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Letter to Humanity

It feels strange writing you a letter, I admit. Letters are generally addressed to an individual or a limited group of people. It’s unusual to write to humanity as a whole. You don’t even have a postal address, and I doubt you get much correspondence. Still, I thought it was time I wrote. Read full … Continue reading "Letter to Humanity"

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Why the world needs systems leadership, not selfish leadership

A recent headline, Narcissists Horrible People but Happy struck a nerve globally, at least on the social media channels that I follow. Read full Article

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Facebook unveils details of its content-oversight board

IN NOVEMBER 1999 the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), which oversees the web’s address book, held its inaugural annual gathering. Read full Article

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Billionaires have more wealth than 60% of the global population, Oxfam says

The world’s 2,153 billionaires have more wealth between them than a combined 4.6 billion people, new research has claimed. In a study published Monday, international charity Oxfam called on governments to implement policies that may help to reduce wealth inequality. Read full Article

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Davos Manifesto 2020: The Universal Purpose of a Company in the Fourth Industrial Revolution

A. The purpose of a company is to engage all its stakeholders in shared and sustained value creation. In creating such value, a company serves not only its shareholders, but all its stakeholders – employees, customers, suppliers, local communities and society at large. Read full Article

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Why we need the ‘Davos Manifesto’ for a better kind of capitalism

What kind of capitalism do we want? That may be the defining question of our era. If we want to sustain our economic system for future generations, we must answer it correctly. Generally speaking, we have three models to choose from. Read full Article

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The company of the future must do well by doing good

In the past 50-100 years, we have created immense prosperity. In 2019, global GDP is expected to reach almost US$ 90,000 billion, compared to just over US$ 1,000 billion at the start of the previous century. Read full Article

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Your Life is Driven by Network Effects

What city you live in. Who you date or marry. Which job you choose. What clothes you wear. We all think we make these choices ourselves. It certainly feels like we’re in full control. Read full Article

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Caught in the Spotlight

In the smart city, cameras, sensors, networked objects, and algorithms gather intelligence about the built environment and the people who inhabit it, ostensibly to provide decision-makers (or decision-making software) with information that can enable more efficient provision of services — includin Read full Article

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EU mulls 5-year ban on facial recognition tech in public areas

BRUSSELS, Jan 16 (Reuters) – The European Union is considering banning facial recognition technology in public areas for up to five years, to give it time to work out how to prevent abuses, according to proposals seen by Reuters. Read full Article

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Our humanity needs to develop at the same speed as our technology

The way we view work life is influenced by the way we view the world. This view rests on the most fundamental assumptions we make about reality. Read full Article

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Advertising Makes Us Unhappy

The University of Warwick’s Andrew Oswald and his team compared survey data on the life satisfaction of more than 900,000 citizens of 27 European countries from 1980 to 2011 with data on annual advertising spending in those nations over the same period. Read full Article

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Can technology plan economies and destroy democracy?

ABOUT A CENTURY ago, engineers created a new sort of space: the control room. Before then, things that needed control were controlled by people on the spot. Read full Article

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Think You Can’t Escape Google? You Haven’t Seen Anything Yet

More than any designer this side of Cupertino, Matias Duarte has made phones easy to use. During his tenure at Google — first overseeing the design of Android — the vice president of… Read full Article

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We’ve spent the decade letting our tech define us. It’s out of control

We may come to remember this decade as the one when human beings finally realized we are up against something. We’re just not quite sure what it is. More of us have come to understand that our digital technologies are not always bringing out our best natures. Read full Article

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Alienated, Alone And Angry: What The Digital Revolution Really Did To Us

We were promised community, civics, and convenience. Instead, we found ourselves dislocated, distrustful, and disengaged. In April 1997, Wired magazine published a feature with the grand and regrettable title “Birth of a Digital Nation. Read full Article

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