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Research suggests that, by using a tying strategy, dominant platforms may be able to gain traction in new markets with a lower quality product than what is offered.

Testing Google’s Claim of Quality

By: EBR | Thursday, April 1, 2021

The US Department of Justice is suing Google for using distribution agreements and other practices that the law enforcement authority says give the company an unfair advantage in internet search and search advertising

Around a quarter of businesses were using IoT technologies in 2019, according to McKinsey, up from 13% in 2014.

What is the Internet of Things?

By: EBR | Thursday, April 1, 2021

From soil moisture sensors being used to optimize farmer’s yields, to thermostats and thermometers, the Internet of Things (IoT) is transforming the way we live and work

"Scientists in Spain have applied the technology to identify common patterns in RTAs. These could help guide urban planners in work to reduce collisions and make the world’s streets safer."

Together, human expertise and AI can make city streets safer, scientists say

By: EBR | Wednesday, March 31, 2021

Artificial intelligence (AI) is being used in research that it’s hoped will help reduce road traffic accidents (RTAs), which claim about 1.35 million lives every year

Self-control helps us to achieve goals and lack of it hinders productivity.

Self-control boosts productivity - here’s how to maintain it

By: EBR | Tuesday, March 30, 2021

TalentSmart has tested more than a million people and found that the upper echelons of top performance are filled with people who are high in emotional intelligence (90% of top performers, to be exact)

"The world is struggling to tackling climate change and the COVID-19 pandemic has only worsened the sovereign debt crisis."

How rescheduling debt for climate and nature goals could unlock a sustainable recovery

By: EBR | Friday, March 26, 2021

As the world continues to struggle with COVID-19, it is faced with urgent, intertwined crises: climate change, biodiversity loss, land degradation, pollution, and international debt

"These risk management strategies highlight how organizations can be compliant while protecting their valuable intellectual property."

Responsible machine learning can still protect intellectual property

By: EBR | Friday, March 26, 2021

The growing use of machine learning (ML), within a global drive toward digital acceleration, raises the question, “Who’s minding the store?”

"Ocean life has been declining worldwide because of overfishing, habitat destruction and climate change. Yet only 7% of the ocean is currently under some kind of protection."

First-of-its kind study offers blueprint for ocean protection

By: EBR | Wednesday, March 24, 2021

A first-of-its-kind study has examined the benefits of protecting the world’s oceans

New research shows that focusing on cities is key to overcoming these challenges while generating considerable economic, social and environmental benefits.

6 ways that cities across the world can become more sustainable

By: EBR | Monday, March 22, 2021

National governments face an enormous triple challenge right now: recovering from COVID-19, creating sustainable and inclusive development, and addressing the climate crisis

A new survey looks at attitudes towards home working in the United Kingdom.

How has working from home impacted productivity? This UK survey has answers

By: EBR | Friday, March 19, 2021

One potentially long-term consequence of the COVID-19 pandemic is the new normal of working from home (WFH) – and its effects are not the same across all workplaces (Adam-Prassl et al. 2020)

"In the coming years, we will likely witness substantial changes in technological patterns globally."

The future of the plastics industry is green

By: EBR | Friday, March 19, 2021

Disruption of global supply chains and lockdowns revealed renewables as a better alternative to fossil fuels and accelerated the transition to a circular economy

"Digital identity solutions should be user-controlled and portable. This means citizens and consumers can easily access many online services with the same secure digital identity and not have to create multiple different ones for each service."

4 principles for securing the digital identity ecosystem

By: EBR | Thursday, March 18, 2021

When we travel through airports with passports that allow us to enter countries, it is sometimes easy to forget all the underlying steps that went into establishing trust between the issuing and the receiving countries

"From the speed in which climate science operates in to lockdown’s initial warming effect, the period has offered some unexpected insights."

A year into the pandemic: 3 things we’ve learnt about the planet

By: EBR | Thursday, March 18, 2021

The planet had already warmed by around 1.2? since pre-industrial times when the World Health Organization officially declared a pandemic on March 11 2020

Manufacturing continues to struggle from both an ageing workforce with quasi-tribal knowledge and a difficulty in finding new workers with the right technical chops.

How the manufacturing industry can unlock the value in data

By: EBR | Friday, March 12, 2021

The manufacturing industry continues to suffer as a result of the disconnect between data collection and data usage, hindering or altogether eliminating valuable use cases

Both speed technology and information are vital trading inputs.

Who Wins the Market: The Swift or the Smart?

By: EBR | Tuesday, March 9, 2021

The stock market, as we have recently seen with the GameStop furore, can be a bit of a rollercoaster. Investors are at work trying to use both better information and ever faster trading algorithms to profit from the market

The past year saw governments, companies, and cities alike signal important steps on climate change. Over 1,000 major companies have committed to net-zero emissions by 2050, while 126 countries have formally adopted net-zero goals.

4 ways to improve trade rules and support climate action

By: EBR | Wednesday, March 3, 2021

There is a myth that trade policy and climate action are inherently at odds. That does not have to be the case

"The structural “liabilities” of state-owned enterprises can, in fact, be creative assets that privately owned firms can emulate."

Can State and Shareholder Capitalism Combine?

By: EBR | Tuesday, March 2, 2021

Intellectuals and top business leaders are increasingly united in urging a transition to stakeholder capitalism – an economic model favouring the common good over value delivered exclusively to shareholders

"About two-thirds of the jobs transformed by automation will become higher-skilled, while the other third will be lower-skilled."

Here’s why robots are actually going to increase human employment

By: EBR | Monday, March 1, 2021

The fear that machines will render large swaths of people unemployed is vastly overblown

"Aligning workforces on responsible innovation goals can help track progress towards standardization within a company."

4 lessons on designing responsible, ethical tech: Microsoft case study

By: EBR | Friday, February 26, 2021

Despite their best intentions, there’s often a gap in businesses between the desire to act ethically and following through on those good intentions

"What is technology really doing to our minds, lives and livelihoods? For instance, many fret about a jobless future, screen addiction and humans being replaced by robots and algorithms."

This is what a human-centred approach to AI technology could look like

By: EBR | Thursday, February 25, 2021

There’s a pervasive concern today that people are becoming obsolete. The cause and the culprit? Technology

"Stuckmann said the Commission would also seek to build upon measures to bolster the security of the bloc’s networks, as contained in last year’s 5G Toolbox, in which EU nations were tasked with assessing the risk profile of telecom providers, with a view to applying restrictions for vendors considered to be high-risk."

New 5G goals to feature in upcoming EU ‘Digital Decade’ targets

By: EBR | Wednesday, February 24, 2021

The European Commission will lay out a series of new objectives in the field of 5G communications as part of its ‘Digital Decade’ plans, following a series of delays to the EU’s next-generation telecoms rollout

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EU climate law agreement: Council did not give in

N. Peter KramerBy: N. Peter Kramer

Last night, the negotiators of the European Parliament and Council reached a provisional political agreement on the objective of a climate-neutral EU by 2050 and a collective net greenhouse gas emissions reduction target of at least 55% by 2030 compared to 1990

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