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According to Glaesser (2006) (pp. 21-23) a definition of crisis management is the "careful study and anticipation of the risks that a business / organization may pose to reduce uncertainty and take all necessary measures."

Managing "crisis" and public sector organizations

By: EBR | Wednesday, December 11, 2019

In the everyday life, the concept of crisis can encompass the whole range of activities and relationships, at an individual, social and political level

Blockchain is best described as an online ledger made up of blocks of information linked using cryptography.

Blockchain: Finding the Value Proposition

By: EBR | Tuesday, December 10, 2019

The hype around Bitcoin may be subsiding, but the evolution of the underlying blockchain continues to generate excitement as one of the most important and disruptive technological innovations since the internet

In contrast to Germany the US defies recession talk. The US economy added 266.000 jobs in November, as the American labour market continued to expand.

Germany’s industrial sector suffers its deepest downturn in a decade

By: N. Peter Kramer | Monday, December 9, 2019

Germany’s industrial sector is suffering its biggest decline since 2009, the engine of the eurozone’s biggest economy is sputtering

The majority of Central Asian elites share many common views about the EU.

The EU’s Incomplete Strategy for Central Asia

By: EBR | Tuesday, December 3, 2019

The EU will need to increase its visibility in Central Asia if it wants to have influence in a region facing immense challenges from China and India, but also from Afghanistan and threats of terrorism

China’s new rules will almost certainly result in foreign companies losing trade secret protection around the world.

China Adopts Malicious "Cybersecurity" Rules

By: EBR | Monday, December 2, 2019

On January 1, China’s Cryptography Law becomes effective

“While the web has created opportunity, given marginalized groups a voice, and made our daily lives easier, it has also created opportunity for scammers, given a voice to those who spread hatred and made all kinds of crimes easier to commit,” says Berners-Lee.

How the inventor of the internet plans to make it safe and accessible for everyone

By: EBR | Thursday, November 28, 2019

When Tim Berners-Lee invented the world wide web in 1989, he envisioned it as an information management system for CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research, where he was working at the time

UNEP’s executive-director Inger Andersen urged Washington to reconsider. “So, the bottom line here is, stick, stay at the table, negotiate, engage and ensure that we, together, can move forward on climate action.”

Global warming emissions hit new record in 2018, UN says

By: EBR | Wednesday, November 27, 2019

Temperatures can be expected to rise by 3.2C this century under current national pledges, threatening to bringing “wide-ranging and destructive climate impacts”

Taiwan has passed a series of acts aimed at protecting the environment, setting serious long-term goals for the reduction of greenhouse gases.

Taiwan blocked from UNFCCC

By: N. Peter Kramer | Monday, November 25, 2019

Despite the reality of the climate crisis and the obvious need for nations around the world to come together, Taiwan continues to be excluded from the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC)

Girls account for the majority of the region’s ten million children who are not receiving formal education, owing to a lack of schools, poverty, the threat of violence, and social customs.

How to achieve a quality, universal education

By: EBR | Thursday, November 21, 2019

In setting global targets for closing the gender gap and achieving universal education by 2030, governments and development advocates tend to focus on the need to build more schools and increase enrollment rates for women and girls

According to the research, by 2030, 67% of customer engagement between a brand and consumer using digital devices (online, mobile, etc.) will be completed by smart machines rather than the human agents of today. And by 2030, 69% of decisions made during a customer engagement will be completed by smart machines.

New global research: What will customer experience look like in 2030?

By: EBR | Thursday, November 21, 2019

Study finds by 2030 67% of customer engagement will be handled by smart machines. Do brands run the risk of trading empathy for efficiency?

The transformation of our food systems is an idea whose time has come but which poses one of the greatest leadership opportunities and challenges of our generation.

Transforming food systems is crucial to the SDGs. Here’s what needs to change by 2021

By: EBR | Thursday, November 21, 2019

If we are to achieve the UN’s SDGs by 2030, immediate and urgent action is required to transform how food is produced, accessed, valued and consumed

Business and ecology academics considered how they could collaborate and work towards clear-eyed solutions to today’s urgent problems. Examples came from olive groves in Spain, examining the profitability of a global seed manufacturer, ecological accounting, carbon sequestration and the circular economy.

Climate Crisis: From Dreams to Hope

By: EBR | Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Sustainable trends in business need to focus on facts, rather than on romantic ideas about the environment

As digital platforms pile up gigabytes of data, including personal information and the credentials we use to get access to their digital services, the cost of attacks for hackers has decreased significantly.

Passwords should become a thing of the past

By: EBR | Tuesday, November 19, 2019

When the man who invented passwords says it’s time to move on, it probably is. Four years ago, Fernando Corbato, who invented the first computer password in the 1960s, said that passwords had become "a nightmare”

Participation in protest movements risks becoming a substitute for engagement in party politics, in government or in civil-society institutions. Marching is great—but letting it crowd out more substantive forms of political activity is not.

Youth movements are the fool’s gold of politics

By: EBR | Friday, November 15, 2019

Demonstrations make for selfies and virtue-signaling, not political change

Even more than her fellow South Carolina politician Lindsey Graham, Haley illustrates how deep the “Trumpification” of the Republican Party has gone.

Is “Trumpism” the Future of America?

By: EBR | Thursday, November 14, 2019

Nikki Haley from Trump skeptic to Trump cheerleader, the former UN ambassador has followed the trajectory of the GOP

Humans, not machines, are often the biggest weakness criminals can exploit. Nearly all cyberattacks require a person to click on a malicious link or directly interact with malicious actors.

Why law enforcement and businesses need to join forces to fight global cybercrime

By: EBR | Thursday, November 14, 2019

The digital revolution is changing the way law enforcement protects communities and the way businesses manage risk

Electronic banknotes are much safer than any other banknote since they cannot be counterfeited.

The first central bank digital currency has come into reality

By: EBR | Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Eventually, Tunisia seems to be the winner, as for the blockchain-based national currency! The "e-dinar", that is the first digital currency organized by a Central Bank, has just officially been issued

Consider artificial intelligence (AI). This technology has the potential to augment human decision-making, eventually replacing notoriously subjective human processes with something fairer, more consistent, faster and more scalable.

We must bridge the gap between technology and policymaking. Our future depends on it

By: EBR | Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Technologists and policymakers largely inhabit two separate worlds. It’s an old problem, one that the British scientist CP Snow identified in a 1959 essay entitled The Two Cultures

The gap between emotional responses to climate change and the practical steps needed to combat it was illustrated when Chile announced that rioting and civil unrest prevents it from hosting next month’s COP-25 climate change summit.

Greta Thunberg’s activism lays a false Climate Change trail

By: EBR | Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Few would contest the European Union’s claim to have triggered, and then led, the late 20th century’s worldwide debate on climate change

Banks can use AI to transform the customer experience by enabling frictionless, 24/7 customer interactions — but AI in banking applications isn’t just limited to retail banking services.

The $450B opportunity for the applications of artificial intelligence in the banking sector & examples of how banks are using AI

By: EBR | Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Discussions, articles, and reports about the AI opportunity across the financial services industry continue to proliferate amid considerable hype around the technology

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With apologies to Bob Dylan for using his already so often (mis)used words: ‘The Times They Are a- changin’

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EU fuels rocket programme with €100m

EU fuels rocket programme with €100m

The European Commission announced a €100 million investment in a prototype rocket project on Tuesday (21 January), as Europe aims to keep a firm hold in a space industry predicted to be worth €1 trillion in the coming years

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Removing installed Huawei 5G tech in UK would cost billions

Removing installed Huawei 5G tech in UK would cost billions

UK PM Boris Johnson and the National Security Council are expected to give soon Huawei the go-ahead to build ‘non-core’ parts of the 5G network

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