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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

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

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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

The creation of highly efficient and dynamic systems by criminals to provide malicious services exploiting computer networks and enable fraud has created a global, underground digital economy.

Cybersecurity can teach business how to succeed with platform models. Here’s how

By: EBR | Friday, November 1, 2019

In the early era of industrial growth, the only option for a successful business was to fully integrate supply chains and human capital

If we consider what the future could be, picking up the mantle against climate change may not seem so bad after all.

This is what 2030 could look like if we win the war on climate change

By: EBR | Friday, November 1, 2019

By 2030, your CO2 emissions will be greatly reduced. Meat on your dinner table will be a rare sight. Water and the air you breathe will be cleaner and nature will be in recovery. The money in your wallet will be spent on being with family and friends, not on buying goods

In 2017, the more than 53,000 stadium seats in the Johan Cruijff ArenA were replaced. Confronted with the question of what to do with them, the managers of the stadium conducted a study and eventually decided to sell the chairs.

Three ways in which football is helping to recycle plastic

By: EBR | Friday, November 1, 2019

Organisers of sports events are increasingly aware of the environmental impact such events have and are making efforts to become more sustainable, including by reducing and reusing plastics

Geographically, capitalism is now the dominant (or even the only) mode of production all over the world whether in Sweden where the private sector employs more than 70% the labor force, the United States where it employs 85% or in China where the (capitalistically-organized) private sector produces 80% of the value added.

Why it is Not the Crisis of Capitalism

By: EBR | Tuesday, October 29, 2019

There has recently been an avalanche of articles and books about the ¨crisis of capitalism” predicting its demise or depassement

“I regret having said that about Reich, but if he foresaw hyperglobalization or the localized effects of the China shock, that’s news to me.”

Economists on the Run

By: EBR | Wednesday, October 23, 2019

Paul Krugman and other mainstream trade experts are now admitting that they were wrong about globalization: It hurt American workers far more than they thought it would. Did America’s free market economists help put a protectionist demagogue in the White House?

By learning from data at a fraction of the speed of humans, AI has the ability to accomplish activities and make forecasts with incredible accuracy.

Preparing Your Firm for AI

By: EBR | Wednesday, October 23, 2019

Firms looking to leverage the transformational potential of AI should remember that it is still people who determine the context in which the new technology develops and thrives

A World Economic Forum Report concluded that in 2018 71% of the global work was the product of the human labour force, with 29% by machines (AI).

Smart taxation in a fast-changing global economy

By: EBR | Wednesday, October 23, 2019

Everyone across the globe is embracing smart technology and digitalisation. In this rapidly changing environment, smart taxation is the solution to drive growth, address current and future challenges of economic change, fulfill international goals and at the same time taking into consideration national needs

President Leitl recently visited the US, where he spoke with, among others, Bill Keating (Chair of the Europe subcommittee of the House), Daniel Mullaney (US Trade Representative for Europe), IMF Chief economist Gita Gopinath and World Bank VP Karin Finkelstone.

Christoph Leitl re-elected as President of EUROCHAMBRES: ‘Politicians can define goals, but companies can realise them’

By: N. Peter Kramer | Friday, October 11, 2019

Christoph Leitl is re-elected as President of EUROCHAMBRES for a new term (2020-22) during the 126th Plenary Assembly – Board of Directors

The truth is simple: teenagers today are changing our world – for the better. They are informed, committed and proactive. They have adult responsibilities and are actively contributing to society, politics and the economy. Also, long after all of us have gone, it’s teenagers who will have to live with the consequences of climate change, dirty oceans, extremism, wars and violence.

They are changing our world: let’s give the vote to 16-year-olds

By: EBR | Tuesday, October 8, 2019

They’re tough, they’re outspoken and they’re everywhere

Cities’ digital infrastructure is often outdated and under-resourced - which makes them soft targets for cybercriminals.

Cities are easy prey for cybercriminals. Here’s how they can fight back

By: EBR | Friday, October 4, 2019

Make no mistake: the world is in the early stages of a techno-war against city governments and urban infrastructure. And while some cities have bolstered their capabilities to patch their vulnerabilities, they are entirely unprepared for the scale of cyberthreats that are coming

“We are clearly able to see that the words used for women refer much more to their appearances than the words used to describe men. Thus, we have been able to confirm a widespread perception, only now at a statistical level”

This machine read 3.5 million books then told us what it thought about men and women

By: EBR | Friday, October 4, 2019

Machine learning analyzed 3.5 million books to find that adjectives ascribed to women tend to describe physical appearance, whereas words that refer to behavior go to men

The 10 Megatrends identified in Huawei’s Global Industry Vision 2025 report, presented by Dr Cao, ‘will shape the future and inspire a new age of digital inclusion’.

Can Huawei play a role in enhancing EU’s technology sovereignty?

By: N. Peter Kramer | Tuesday, October 1, 2019

Huawei offers to become an indispensable partner for the EU as it strives to develop secure and trustworthy networks to empower a common digital future across the continent

"The Commission has not succeeded in proving that there was an advantage in favor of Starbucks," is the verdict of the judges in Luxembourg.

Blow for Vestager: tax deal The Netherlands with Starbucks not illegal!

By: N. Peter Kramer | Wednesday, September 25, 2019

The tax arrangements that the Dutch Tax Authorities have made with the American coffee chain Starbucks are not in conflict with European rules

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New EIB funding policy threatens EU climate commitments

N. Peter KramerBy: N. Peter Kramer

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