Barack Obama, Former President of United States of AmericaFor too many of us, it’s become safer to retreat into our own bubbles, whether in our neighborhoods or college campuses or places of worship or our social media feeds, surrounded by people who look like us and share the same political outlook and never challenge our assumptions. The rise of naked partisanship, increasing economic and regional stratification, the splintering of our media into a cha... See More
Barack Obama, Former President of United States of America
agrees Net neutralityInternet providers have a legal obligation not to block or limit your access to a website. Cable companies can't decide which online stores you should shop at or which streaming services you can use. And they can't let any company pay for priority over its competitors.
Mike Bloomberg, American businessman and politician, former mayor of new york city
agrees Health taxesNoncommunicable diseases are a growing global crisis, especially in low-and-middle income countries. There’s substantial evidence that taxes and fiscal policies are essential to confronting this health threat.
Mike Bloomberg, American businessman and politician, former mayor of new york city
agrees Soda taxesNoncommunicable diseases are a growing global crisis, especially in low-and-middle income countries. There’s substantial evidence that taxes and fiscal policies are essential to confronting this health threat.
Yanis Varoufakis, Former finance minister of Greece, is Professor of Economics at the University of Athens
agrees Basic IncomeEither we are going to have a basic income that regulates this new society of ours, or we are going to have very substantial social conflicts that get far worse with xenophobia and refugees and migration and so forth.
Emmanuel Macron, French PresidentI do not believe that autonomous vehicles will exist without any drivers at all. For me, that’s pure imagination. You already have fully automated programs to drive planes. Therefore we technically could have planes with no pilots. But you still have two pilots in every plane. Even if almost everything is automated. That’s because you need to have responsibility, precisely. So what we will reduce ... See More
Emmanuel Macron, French PresidentBeing focused on protecting jobs is not the right answer. It’s the people you need to protect. You do so by giving them opportunities and by training and retraining them again to get new jobs. Don’t block the change because it’s coming and people will accept it. But try to be at the fore-front of change to better understand it and deal with it. Change can destroy jobs in the very short run, but cr... See More
Emmanuel Macron, French President
agrees Ban Autonomous WeaponsI’m dead against [autonomous weapons]. Because I think you always need responsibility and assertion of responsibility. And technically speaking, you can have in some situations, some automation which will be possible. But automation or machines put in a situation precisely to do that would create an absence of responsibility. Which, for me, is a critical issue. So that’s absolutely impossible. Tha... See More
Rowan Williams, Former Archbishop of CanterburyThe often-forgotten fact that church schools are the main educational presence in some of our most deprived communities means that it simply can't be said that these schools somehow have a policy of sanitising or segregating.
Tariq Ahmad, British Minister of State for the Commonwealth and United NationsWe must educate our children to understand other religions, in the hope that the next generation will be wiser than those that have come before it. And schools can play this role, including faith schools.
Justin Welby, Archbishop of CanterburyWe live in a country where an overarching story, which is the framework for explaining life, has more or less disappeared. We have a world of unguided and competing narratives, where the only common factor is the inviolability of personal choice, which means that for schools that are not of a religious character, confidence in any personal sense of ultimate values has diminished. Utilitarianism ru... See More
David Cameron, Former UK Prime MinisterI think faith schools are an important part of our system, I support them and I would like if anything to see them grow. I think faith organisations bring often a sort of culture and ethos to a school that can help it improve and I’m a strong supporter personally and politically.
Kenneth Stevenson, Former Bishop of PortsmouthThe Church of England supports Muslim and Jewish and other faith schools. Their existence will itself be a powerful sign of the secure place of their adherents in Britain. They should promote self-respect and self-confidence in their pupils, the best antidote to discord and violence.
Tony Blair, Prime Minister of the UK from 1997 to 2007Does it instil respect and understanding, an open mind, open to inquiry, at ease with diversity, ready to learn more about other faiths? Or does it create a closed mind, a mindset vulnerable to fear, distrust and coercion, a world where “error has no rights”? In short is it good religion or bad religion? I believe the overwhelming number of our faith schools fall into the first category. They p... See More
Nick Clegg, Leader @LibDems from 2007 to 2015 and MP.I believe we owe it to both our young people at home and countries abroad – like Colombia – who have been blighted by this unwinnable war, to look at different approaches that could cut the levels of violence, addiction and criminal profit. That is why I have long believed that if you are anti-drugs, you should be pro-reform. We should be led by the evidence of what works, not guesswork.
Ruth Dreifuss, Former President of SwitzerlandDrugs can be sexy when they are underground ... If you medicalize, it’s no longer sexy. [Users] know now that they are ill persons and not rebels in society. It’s no longer sexy and it’s no longer attractive for future rebels.
Fernando Henrique Cardoso, Former President of BrazilAfter decades of overflights, interdictions, spraying and raids on jungle drug factories, Latin America remains the world's largest exporter of cocaine and marijuana. It is producing more and more opium and heroin. It is developing the capacity to mass produce synthetic drugs. Continuing the drugs war with more of the same is ludicrous.
Theresa May, Prime minister of the United KingdomWhen I was Home Secretary, work was undertaken by the Home Office on the experience in a number of countries and the different ways they approached the issue of drugs, but I am afraid that I have a different opinion from my hon. Friend on drugs, as would those dealing with people affected by drugs. I think of my constituent Elizabeth Burton-Phillips, who set up DrugFAM after the suicide of her so... See More
John Hickenlooper, American politicianLet's face it, the War on Drugs was a disaster. It may be well intentioned ... but it sent millions of kids to prison, gave them felonies often times when they had no violent crimes ... I was against this, but I can see why so many people supported it.
Lawrence Summers, Economist and Harvard University ProfessorIt is widely feared that half the jobs in the economy might be eliminated by innovations such as self-driving vehicles, automatic checkout machines and expert systems that trade securities more effectively than humans can.
Jimmy Carter, American politician, 39th president of the united states (in office from 1977 to 1981)Technology is being introduced into electoral processes to promote efficiency, but it also moves voting and counting into the unobservable digital realm. In the Netherlands, electronic voting has been abandoned amid concerns about foreign interference in elections. During the 2016 presidential campaign in the United States, Russian hackers broke into the Democratic National Committee’s email syste... See More
In addition to having a really secure personal identification system, which is a physical card, and two codes – I think, frankly, it's slightly stronger than somebody opening my passport with my photo that is six years old. We have made the system even stronger by the fact that e-voting lasts several days.
When I took office, I commissioned a top-to-bottom review of all our voting systems: paper-based optical scan systems, as well as the e-voting or touchscreen systems. The University of California took the lead, and it involved universities and private-sector people from around the country. I have about 700 pages of documentation that are publicly available on my Web site, and I had another private... See More
John Bercow, Speaker of the House of CommonsI don't mean by that that it will necessarily at any stage be compulsory to vote in that way, but I think that the notion that, if it can be established as secure and reliable, people should have the option to vote online, will gain ground more and more and more.
Mady Delvaux, Luxembourgish politician and Member of the European Parliament[There might be a] need to introduce corporate reporting requirements on the extent and proportion of the contribution of robotics and AI to the economic results of a company for the purpose of taxation and social security contributions.
Matteo Salvini, Italian politicianI do not want to stop progress, but there are, according to estimates, three million jobs at risk. Robots must be a help to human effort, not a replacement of human beings. Otherwise in thirty years in Italy we will only have restaurants, radios and not much more.
Ron Johnson, Republican u.s. senator for wisconsin; manufacturing businessman
disagrees Net neutralityWhat you really want is an expansion of high-speed broadband, and in order to do that you have to create the incentives for those smaller ISPs to invest. They don’t really control their own fiber if the government tells them exactly how they’re going to use their investment.
Josh Shapiro, American politician
agrees Net neutralityNet neutrality is critically important to ensuring a free and open Internet. It allows for free expression, technological innovation and a level playing field. Without it, our economy and our democracy will suffer by creating artificial market barriers and privileging certain speech and content over others.
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