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Goldman Sachs, American investment bank · 14 Feb 2018

We think the concept of a digital currency that leverages blockchain technology is viable given the benefits it could provide: ease of execution globally, lower transaction costs, reduction of corruption since all transactions could be traced, safety of ownership, and so on. But bitcoin does not provide any of these key advantages.
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Bob Greenstein, · 14 Feb 2018

disagrees Basic Income
UBI would replace virtually every program in the federal budget focused on low- or moderate-income people. No food stamps. No Medicaid. [...] I share the goals; I just don’t think you can get there from here. And I want to focus on progress we can make.
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Bill Gross, American investor, co-Founder of PIMCO · 14 Feb 2018

agrees Basic Income
If more and more workers are going to be displaced by robots, then they will need money to live on, will they not? And if that strikes you as a form of socialism, I would suggest we get used to it
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Enrique Dans, Professor of Innovation at IE Business School and blogger · 14 Feb 2018

agrees Basic Income
Utopia? Not at all. We need to advance the discussion and make politicians understand that it is the only way forward. And if we don’t move forward, we’re going to end up in a place none of us is going to like.
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Capital Economics, London based economic research consultancy · 14 Feb 2018

disagrees Cryptocurrencies
Bitcoin has all the hallmarks of a classic speculative bubble, which we expect to burst. Triggers for the bubble to burst could be a further crackdown by regulators or a major hacking attempt.
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Jeremy Corbyn, British labour party politician · 12 Feb 2018

agrees Robot Tax
Companies that replace workers with robots should be taxed in a new settlement between work and leisure. We need urgently to face the challenge of automation; robotics that could make so much of contemporary work redundant
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Daniel Mahoney, Head of economic research at the Centre for Policy Studies (free-market British think tank) · 12 Feb 2018

disagrees Robot Tax
Going ahead with a robot tax or other measures that would discourage investment in capital would be hugely damaging for the UK. The UK already suffers from a low capital-labour ratio, which is dampening productivity growth and holding back wage increases. Corbyn’s plans would exacerbate this problem and simply encourage new technologies and economic activity to locate elsewhere. The result would ... See More
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Mark Zuckerberg, CEO at Facebook · 11 Feb 2018

agrees Basic Income
An entrepreneurial culture thrives when it’s easy to try lots of new ideas. We should explore ideas like universal basic income to give everyone a cushion to try new things. There is something wrong with our system when I can make billions of dollars in 10 years while millions of students can’t afford to pay off their loans, let alone start a business.
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Stephen Hawking, British physicist · 11 Feb 2018

The primitive forms of artificial intelligence developed so far have already proved very useful, but I fear the consequences of creating something that can match or surpass humans.
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Amnesty International, Human rights organisation · 11 Feb 2018

People everywhere should be able to encrypt their communications and personal data as an essential protection of their rights to privacy and free speech. Encryption is a basic prerequisite for privacy and free speech in the digital age. Banning encryption is like banning envelopes and curtains. It takes away a basic tool for keeping your private life private.
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Cory Doctorow, Writer, blogger, activist. · 11 Feb 2018

The internet isn't nearly so important as racial injustice and vanquishing white supremacy, nor smashing patriarchy, nor rescuing our planet from looters and clmate vandals, nor feudal inequality: but EVERY ONE of those fights will be won or lost with the internet
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Mike Bloomberg, American businessman and politician, former mayor of new york city · 11 Feb 2018

agrees Health taxes
Noncommunicable 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.
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Elon Musk, Founder of SpaceX, cofounder of Tesla, SolarCity & PayPal · 11 Feb 2018

agrees Carbon Tax
Not paying carbon taxes is like not paying for garbage collection.
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Bill Gates, Philanthropist. Founder and former CEO of Microsoft. · 11 Feb 2018

agrees Vaccines
Vaccines do more than save lives: they can also reduce the use of antibiotics and slow the spread of resistance.
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Tom Steinberg, Founder and former director of mySociety · 11 Feb 2018

One of the most visible signs of victory in this battle for greater protection of people’s data has been a steady increase in the number of personal data choices that an average person is asked to make every week. Popups now abound asking for your permission to do this and that, some of them driven by company policies, others driven by legal requirements. I’m increasingly of the mind that present... See More
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Paul Ariès, Political scientist. Editor of Les Zindigné(es). Observatoire International de la gratuité · 11 Feb 2018

disagrees Basic Income
To exit the true/false debate on the universal basic income, let’s defend the free public service! (…) To defend and increase the weight of free goods is to give everybody what they need to live, in an unconditional way but with a revenue largely demonetized, diseconomized. It is therefore to exit from capitalism.
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Paul Buchheit, Lead developer of Gmail, founder of FriendFeed. and investor in Y Combinator · 27 Jan 2018

agrees Basic Income
I don't have to work. I choose to work. And I believe that everyone deserves the same freedom I have. If done right, it's also economically superior, meaning that we will all have more wealth. We often talk about how brilliant or visionary Steve Jobs was, but there are probably millions of people just as brilliant as he was. The difference is that they likely didn't grow up with great parents, am... See More
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Richard Branson, Founder of Virgin (400 companies) · 27 Jan 2018

agrees Basic Income
Policies like these can help people struggling just to survive and allow them to get on their feet, be entrepreneurial and be more creative.
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Mike Bloomberg, American businessman and politician, former mayor of new york city · 27 Jan 2018

agrees Soda taxes
Noncommunicable 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.
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Angela Merkel, German Chancellor · 27 Jan 2018

The new economics and finance minister role could provide greater coherence to economic policy across the bloc
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Anna Polina, Porn actress and model · 24 Jan 2018

Young guys have access to pornographic orgies without having any reading grid to understand what they are seeing
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Emmanuel Macron, French President · 24 Jan 2018

Pornography has nowadays entered schools. We cannot on the one hand blame violences against women, and on the other hand close our eyes on the influence that porn, which makes of sexuality a theatre of humiliation and violences against women - who come across as having given consent -, exerts on young souls.
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Emmanuel Macron, French President · 20 Jan 2018

[We need] deeper integration between eurozone states, including a real eurozone budget [and a] a permanent finance minister who leads this executive. This is a democratic responsibility on the eurozone level, and as such it requires maximum ambition
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Lawrence H. Summers, Harvard economist and former US Treasury secretary · 20 Jan 2018

agrees Soda taxes
We have strong evidence from around the world that raising taxes on products like tobacco, sugar sweetened beverages and alcohol is highly effective at reducing harmful consumption and saving lives. I think this is about as close to free-lunch, win-win policy as economists have found
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Guntram Wolff, Director of Brussels-based think tank Bruegel · 20 Jan 2018

A European finance minister — as Juncker outlined it — is a misnomer that will create false expectations and confusion. […] It would be unwise to create totally new euro area institutions beyond the ESM that would only aggravate the division between countries inside the euro area and those outside.
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Vítor Constâncio, Vice President of the European Central Bank · 20 Jan 2018

L’idée de désigner un ministre des finances est très récente et probablement, liée au fait qu’il faut établir de telles fonctions au niveau central de la zone euro de manière à avoir quelqu’un qui soit responsable de la gestion des nouvelles tâches et de la stabilisation de l’Union monétaire.
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François Villeroy de Galhau, French Central Bank Governor · 20 Jan 2018

Le pilier monétaire existe et il est solide, la BCE fait son travail. Ce qui manque terriblement est le second pilier, une meilleure coordination des politiques économiques. C'est pourquoi je propose la nomination d'un ministre des Finances européen. Depuis 2011, l'absence de gouvernance a coûté 2 à 5 points de PIB à l'eurozone et donc des millions d'emplois
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Anke Hassel, Sociologist. Professor at the Hertie School of Governance. Director of Hans Böckler Foundation’s WSI · 19 Jan 2018

disagrees Basic Income
The basic income will further divide society and prevent social mobility. Those who, due to their family background, have good prospects for interesting employment and high income will maintain their existing work ethic, engaging in school and study, and maybe taking a sabbatical or two in between. This is a good thing. However, life will become more difficult for young people from parts of societ... See More
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Barack Obama, Former President of United States of America · 19 Jan 2018

Internet 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.
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Philip Hammond, U.K. Treasury chief · 19 Jan 2018

agrees Soda taxes
Producers are already reformulating sugar out of their drinks [even before the sugar tax comes into effect]
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Jeroen Dijsselbloem, Former Dutch Finance Minister and former President of the Eurogroup · 19 Jan 2018

Quite a large number of ministers feel that to complement our toolkit with a fiscal capacity as a stabilization tool would be useful
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Competitive Enterprise Institute, Non-profit libertarian think tank · 19 Jan 2018

disagrees Soda taxes
Soda Taxes: a Failed Experiment that Needs to End. Sin taxes are a blunt instrument that have unpredictable effects on consumer behavior, as well as unintended consequences. The poorest in our communities often bear the financial brunt of these regressive taxes, which are ineffective at combating obesity. 4 Despite the best intentions of public health advocates pushing for a soda tax, the real-wor... See More
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Jean-Claude Juncker, · 19 Jan 2018

The European Union [note: not only the Eurozone] should have a minister of economy and finance. Such a minister should also be the chairman of all euro zone finance ministers and be accountable to the European Parliament.
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Reza Moghadam, Economist and Vice-chairman for sovereigns and official institutions at Morgan Stanley · 19 Jan 2018

Macron is right - the Eurozone needs a finance minister. [...] it focuses on the essential: a collective action mechanism for managing and stabilising economies in crisis. It also does so without the need for EU Treaty changes
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George Osborne, British politician · 19 Jan 2018

agrees Soda taxes
I am not prepared to look back at my time here in this Parliament, doing this job and say to my children's generation 'I'm sorry. We knew there was a problem with sugary drinks. We knew it caused disease. But we ducked the difficult decisions and we did nothing'.
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GOV UK, · 19 Jan 2018

agrees Soda taxes
This is independent confirmation that the soft drinks industry levy, a key part of our world-leading Childhood Obesity Plan, will be a potent tool in the fight against childhood obesity. Not only that, it will help save our children's teeth and cut rates of type 2 diabetes. Sugar-laden soft drinks are a recognised driver of childhood obesity and through our broader sugar reduction programme we're ... See More
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Jamie Oliver, British celebrity chef and restaurateur · 19 Jan 2018

agrees Soda taxes
We should be big and bold. Who is running the country? The businesses who are profiting from ill health or is it us
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Will Quince MP, Conservative MP for Colchester · 19 Jan 2018

disagrees Soda taxes
[The UK sugar tax] will hit Consumers: The tax is designed to be levied on soft drinks companies, based on the volume of sugar-sweetened drinks they import of export. But the independent economic forecaster, the Office of Budgetary Responsibility, states the costs of the levy will be ‘passed entirely onto the price paid by consumers’. That means it will be the public, not soft drinks companies tha... See More
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Anna Lappé, Author, educator, sustainable food advocate · 19 Jan 2018

agrees Soda taxes
Today, the public health community understands that consuming sugar — particularly in liquid form — increases risks of serious health conditions, such as heart disease, Type 2 diabetes and nonalcoholic fatty liver disease, not to mention tooth decay. A 2010 study found that consuming just one to two sugary drinks a day increases your risk of developing diabetes by 26 percent. While sugar is every... See More
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Francis Fukuyama, Senior Fellow at Stanford's Freeman Spogli Institute, political scientist · 19 Jan 2018

There are entire countries where Facebook Messenger has replaced email as the primary channel by which people communicate. This kind of power wielded at such a scale is unprecedented in human experience, and we need to think carefully about whether American democracy can continue to coexist with such power concentrated over the longer run.
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Oxford University, · 19 Jan 2018

agrees Soda taxes
The planned [UK] sugar tax could slash obesity among young children by 10 per cent and create health by stealth
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WHO, World Health Organization, the United Nations' health agency · 19 Jan 2018

agrees Soda taxes
There is reasonable and increasing evidence that appropriately designed taxes on sugarsweetened beverages would result in proportional reductions in consumption, especially if aimed at raising the retail price by 20% or more
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Lawrence H. Summers, Harvard economist and former US Treasury secretary · 19 Jan 2018

agrees Health taxes
We have strong evidence from around the world that raising taxes on products like tobacco, sugar sweetened beverages and alcohol is highly effective at reducing harmful consumption and saving lives. I think this is about as close to free-lunch, win-win policy as economists have found
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Marc de Vos, Doctorate in Law (UGent), Master in Social Law (ULB), Master of Laws (Harvard University). · 16 Dec 2017

disagrees Basic Income
La seule façon de financer l’allocation universelle, c’est d’éliminer la Sécurité sociale existante, ce qui impliquerait une régression sociale énorme, parce qu’on remplacerait un système d’allocations sociales qui est conditionnel, focalisé sur les besoins des personnes, progressif, par un système inconditionnel. C’est ridicule. Ça ne réussira jamais.
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Mark Zuckerberg, CEO at Facebook · 15 Dec 2017

Net neutrality is the idea that the internet should be free and open for everyone. If a service provider can block you from seeing certain content or can make you pay extra for it, that hurts all of us and we should have rules against it.
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Zeynep Tufekci, Associate Professor at the University of Carolina, writer and techno-sociologist · 15 Dec 2017

Rather than a complete totalitarianism based on fear and the blocking of information, the newer methods include demonizing online media and mobilizing armies of supporters or paid employees who muddy the online waters with misinformation, information overload, doubt, confusion, harassment, and distraction
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Google, · 15 Dec 2017

We believe that consumers should continue to enjoy open on-ramps to the Internet. That means no Internet access provider should block or degrade Internet traffic, nor should they sell ‘fast lanes’ that prioritize particular Internet services over others. These rules should apply regardless of whether you’re accessing the Internet using a cable connection, a wireless service, or any other technolog... See More
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Sen. Susan Collins, US Senator, Repubblican · 15 Dec 2017

Repealing the 2015 net neutrality protections would cause immediate harm to the innovation economy. Access fees, fast lanes, and preferential treatment of content would undermine the openness of the internet and disproportionately hurt startups’ and small businesses’ ability to compete with entrenched incumbents.
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Brian Chesky, CEO of AirBnB · 15 Dec 2017

The FCC’s vote to repeal net neutrality is wrong & disappointing. A free & open internet is critical to innovation, an open society, & widespread access to economic empowerment
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Werner Vogels, CTO and Vice President of Amazon.com · 15 Dec 2017

I am extremely disappointed in the FCC decision to remove the #NetNeutrality protections. We'll continue to work with our peers, partners and customers to find ways to ensure an open and fair internet that can continue to drive massive innovation.
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