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  • The potential for technologies to enable smart societies is rising. For example, internet-of-things sensor applications are envisioned to deliver a wide range of services, from smart water to industrial controls to e-health. The market for smart technologies is predicted to be worth up to $1.6 trillion by 2020, and $3.5 trillion by 2026. Surely, given the size of the opportunity, increasing interest among governments and policy makers, and the explosion of relevant technologies, we can start to understand what smart societies are and establish standards and ideals to aim for.

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Smedegaard added,”As we are also seeing positive developments in the EU economies as a whole, we are confident about the future. This is good news and supports our plan of deploying larger and more environmentally friendly ships on our North Sea routes in 2019 and 2020. ”It is also good news for the customers, manufacturers, exporters and transport companies we serve. Continued growth in trade will enable them to grow or maintain their activities and the many jobs they create,” he says.

Cross-channel trade continues to grow despite Brexit fears

The UK Government's recent initiative to maintain the free flow of goods to mainland Europe has been welcomed by DFDS, the leading cross-channel ferry operator

In terms of bare minimum, the adequate level of UBI is determined by the degree to which it would guarantee the financial means for the daily 2,500 calorie intake needed for survival. A higher level of UBI would also buy clothes and shelter. There are ongoing and planned basic income experiments in Finland, Kenya, the Netherlands, Ontario, Scotland, Uganda and the United States. In all of these, benefits do not go beyond the absolute poverty threshold. But poverty is a relative concept. People are poor if they cannot fully participate in the societies in which they live. This notion applies not only to affluent societies in Europe and in the US, but also to low and middle-income countries.

Basic income: Not a panacea, but a step towards a new social contract

Discussions about the current and future risks of technological disruptions and ensuing labour market insecurities have brought the idea of a universal basic income (UBI) to everyone’s lips

There are now an average of 500 demonstrations a day in China, albeit largely peaceful. The regime believes that the greatest threat emanates not from possible military attacks from foreign powers, but uprisings among their own people that could be triggered by a spark on social media.

Social media in China: The great distraction

Worried about social media helping to create popular movements, China runs an elaborate system of censorship and manipulation

From a strategic perspective, three main issues have to be addressed in a potential communication crisis strategy. The first one refers to the public safety component. Can the company and the manufacturers guarantee that the products based on the suboptimal steel do not create safety concerns for the consumers? If this is the case, what measures are put in place to immediately alleviate and address the public concerns? What are the best tools to reassure the public, to create the sentiment that ”we are all in this together” and to demonstrate that someone is well in charge of the whole situation?

Crisis reputation management: quick steps for Kobeiko and brand Japan

Corporate crises are the new norm. Every couple of months the world finds out about some corporate missteps which, given the involved companies, create panic on the international markets and make the stock indices turn red

First of all, Greece is the only country that has promoted a comprehensive active diplomatic agenda for stability and cooperation in one of the most important but also unstable regions in the world.

Greece as a strategic partner of the US in Southeast Europe and the Eastern Mediterranean

Today, Greece is finally coming out of a severe, deep recession that lasted more than 7 five years, cost a quarter of its GDP, resulted in 27% unemployment and led to an enormous brain drain of our most qualified young professionals


Taiwan will continue to press for close cross-strait relations with mainland China

By: EBR | Monday, October 16, 2017

Artificial Intelligence: The end of the human race?

By: EBR | Thursday, October 12, 2017

The shape of hierarchy and why it matters

By: EBR | Thursday, October 12, 2017

Political mindset: five lessons for CEOs

By: EBR | Monday, October 09, 2017

Seven things we learned about China in September

By: EBR | Friday, October 06, 2017

How boards will look in ten years

By: EBR | Thursday, October 05, 2017

Catalan questions

By: EBR | Wednesday, October 04, 2017

Tokenbox hailed as a ”unique ecosystem for crypto investors, traders and funds”

By: EBR | Wednesday, October 04, 2017

Bloody Sunday?

By: EBR | Tuesday, October 03, 2017

European deputies criticise Las Palmas judiciary in its handling of the ‘Kokorev case’

By: EBR | Monday, October 02, 2017

What exactly is economic competitiveness?

By: EBR | Monday, October 02, 2017

Germany: Why a Jamaica coalition deepens the division of society

By: EBR | Friday, September 29, 2017

These are the world’s 10 most competitive economies

By: EBR | Friday, September 29, 2017

Making the digital world a safer place for children

By: EBR | Thursday, September 28, 2017

Will Benjamin Netanyahu becoming the longest-serving prime minister of Israel?

By: EBR | Monday, September 25, 2017

Ukraine on the way back to pre-Maidan Square era

By: EBR | Wednesday, September 20, 2017

NATO’s generals must focus on Europe’s real security threats

By: EBR | Tuesday, September 19, 2017

‘What Happened’, Hillary Clinton looks back in anger – but it’s big business

By: EBR | Monday, September 18, 2017

Hurricane Irma: 500+ miles of destruction

By: EBR | Wednesday, September 13, 2017

The fourth sector is a chance to build a new economic model for the benefit of all

By: EBR | Wednesday, September 13, 2017

The world today: A net assessment

By: EBR | Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Ghana’s first satellite launched to Space: exclusive interview with the three Engineers of this initiative

By: EBR | Monday, September 11, 2017

Some leaders wrestle with news media better than other leaders

By: EBR | Friday, September 08, 2017

What happens in an internet minute in 2017?

By: EBR | Friday, September 08, 2017

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