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Tom Lee, Co-founder Fundstrat Global Advisors · 16 Feb 2018

In general, we see 2018 being a strong year but we see the larger and more established blockchains growing in dominance in 2018.
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Michael Graziano, Founder of Global Degree · 16 Feb 2018

Big players like eBay, Microsoft, Expedia, McDonald’s and Subway are all starting to accept Bitcoin and other digital currencies. The Swiss government is accepting Bitcoin for tax payments. Dubai has announced that they want to become the world’s first ‘blockchain city.’ These are major statements from major economies… all of this is happening so fast and I expect these changes to really amplify i... See More
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Christopher Keshian, CEO of a blockchain investment fund called $APEX Token Fund · 16 Feb 2018

Ultimately, we believe cryptocurrencies are in a bull market – but that the upward curve will be jagged one.
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Jesse Powell, CEO of Kraken Bitcoin Exchange · 16 Feb 2018

You've got a lot more kids graduating from crypto programs at universities now. I think we're just going to see it continue exponentially from here
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Benjamin Dives, CEO of London Block Exchange · 16 Feb 2018

[Investors] will see their investment grow if the fund's holdings appreciate.
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Jeroen Kemperman, Works for ZilverenKruis & Achmea · 14 Feb 2018

My character was shaped so much through my two years of study that I am a 10 times better entrepreneur now than I would have been before my MBA
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Roxanne Hori, · 14 Feb 2018

An MBA degree will give you many of the tools you’ll need, but the degree doesn’t guarantee success. You’ll incur more debt, but you’ll also open yourself up to a whole new community of people who can help you make your idea work—and in the future, maybe
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Julia Leung, Executive Director of the Securities and Futures Commission (SFC) of Hong Kong · 14 Feb 2018

disagrees Cryptocurrencies
If investors cannot fully understand the risks of cryptocurrencies and ICOs or they are not prepared for a significant loss, they should not invest
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Clement Thibault, Senior analyst at · 14 Feb 2018

Positioning yourself to take advantage of a new tool, new technology, and a potential new business opportunity just makes sense.
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Rob Kovacev, · 14 Feb 2018

disagrees Robot Tax

Ian Gough, Economist. London School of Economics. · 13 Feb 2018

disagrees Basic Income
The underlying belief or dream is that basic income will provide a mobilising theme to bring about radical change. There is no evidence anywhere in the world for this. Similar proposals have been made every few years for the last 50 years and they have got nowhere (and I do not mention Switzerland). The problem is that it combines a radical vision with a naive or insouciant view of politics. I fea... See More
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Anna Coote, Principal Fellow at the New Economics Foundation · 13 Feb 2018

disagrees Basic Income
UBI is an individualistic, monetary intervention that undermines social solidarity and fails to tackle the underlying causes of poverty, unemployment and inequality.
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Frank Haskew, Head of Tax Faculty at Institute of Chartered Accountants · 12 Feb 2018

disagrees Robot Tax
A “robot tax” looks to be a short-sighted, knee-jerk response to the deeper systemic problem of how to organise and fund a society where public finances are shrinking while demands increase.
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Anna Coote, Principal Fellow at the New Economics Foundation · 11 Feb 2018

disagrees Basic Income
There are fairer ways to spread prosperity than universal basic income. Better alternatives include universal public services and a minimum income guarantee.
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Samidh, Facebook civic engagement chief · 28 Jan 2018

I am not blind to the damage that the internet can do to even a well-functioning democracy.
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Lili Cheng, Corporate vice president of Microsoft AI & Research · 20 Jan 2018

n make sense of it. AI can truly help solve some of the world’s most vexing problems, from improving day-to-day communication to energy, climate, health care, transportation and more. The real magic of AI, in the end, won’t be magic at all. It will be technology that adapts to people. This will be profoundly transformational for humans
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Andrew Eland, Engineering Director for Health @DeepMindAI, ex @googlemaps · 19 Jan 2018

An excellent proposal to address the current massive hole in digital consent infrastructure.
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Ben, · 19 Jan 2018

agrees Basic Income
It provides a security in society that reduces daily struggle and may, as a result, reduce negative social constructs.
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CanTheTax, · 19 Jan 2018

disagrees Soda taxes
[re. a repeal of a newly established soda tax in the Chicago area] What it came down to was working families saw this for what it was, and that was a tax to raise revenue, and an unfair one at that
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Shu Wen Ng, Health economist and a professor at the University of North Carolina · 19 Jan 2018

agrees Soda taxes
The tax is working. Mexicans bought 9.7 percent less sugary drinks in 2015 than they would have before the tax took effect.
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PHI, California-based Public Health Institute · 19 Jan 2018

agrees Soda taxes
One year following implementation of the nation’s first large sugar-sweetened beverages (SSB)' tax, prices of SSBs increased in many, but not all, settings, SSB sales declined, and sales of untaxed beverages (especially water) and overall study beverages rose in Berkeley; overall consumer spending per transaction in the stores studied did not rise. Significant declines in SSB sales, even in this r... See More
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Scott Drenkard, Economist and Director of State Projects for the Tax Foundation · 19 Jan 2018

disagrees Soda taxes
Economic evidence shows that they have minimal effects because consumers are likely to substitute other calorie-laden products for soda. In practice, soda taxes just create compliance difficulties as businesses are forced to reclassify new products for different tax treatment.
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ICBA, · 19 Jan 2018

disagrees Soda taxes
We strongly disagree with the [WHO] committee's recommendation to tax beverages, as it is an unproven idea that has not been shown to improve public health based on global experiences to date
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John Buhl, Media Relations Manager for the Tax Foundation think tank · 19 Jan 2018

disagrees Soda taxes
Philadelphia, which recently enacted a soda tax, is starting to find this out. Their 1.5-cents per ounce sugar-sweetened beverage tax doesn’t sound like much, until you realize that the effective tax rate is about 20 times higher than the excise tax for alcohol. Suffice to say, that led to some sticker shock after the tax went into effect. Thanks to Philly’s new tax, at $9.03, a 12-pack of flavore... See More
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Emily Wang, Economist and Assistant Professor, University of Massachussets · 19 Jan 2018

disagrees Soda taxes
Proponents of soda taxes often reference the success of cigarette taxes in decreasing cigarette use. However, cigarettes and soda differ in a number of ways. First, cigarette taxes increase prices significantly, a tactic that may be unjustifiable for soft drinks given that, unlike cigarette use, moderate soda consumption is considered safe. Second, the many available soda substitutes may render so... See More
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Mark Epstein, Antitrust attorney and freelance writer · 19 Dec 2017

In 2017 Google and Facebook have accounted for 84% of all digital advertising outside China, including 96% of its growth. The tech duopoly’s dominance threatens the marketplace of ideas. Beyond advertising, Google and Facebook control how millions of people find their news. Americans are far likelier, collectively, to encounter articles via search engines and social media than on a news site’s hom... See More
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Sonia Sodha, Chief leader writer and columnist at the Observer · 19 Dec 2017

disagrees Basic Income
Even as Facebook’s founder, Mark Zuckerberg, heaps praise on a basic income, the tech giant does all in its legal power to avoid tax and dodge paying its fair share towards the social infrastructure it relies on. The left must not allow itself to be seduced. A basic income is a distraction from these core issues of economic power; a radical-sounding excuse to look the other way from the less glamo... See More
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Simon Ghiotto, Economist · 16 Dec 2017

disagrees Basic Income
Prenons la position des femmes dans la société. Certains défenseurs de l’allocation universelle affirment qu’elle la renforcerait. Mais donner un revenu, ce n’est pas émanciper. L’émancipation, c’est faire en sorte que les hommes et les femmes puissent participer à la vie en société, cela passe notamment par le monde du travail. Donner le même revenu à tout le monde ne donne pas les mêmes possibil... See More
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Brad Smith, President and chief legal officer at Microsoft · 15 Dec 2017

The open internet benefits consumers, business & the entire economy. That’s jeopardized by the FCC’s elimination of #netneutrality protections today.
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Joshua Tucker, Professor of Politics, New York University · 14 Dec 2017

This double reality of the open online world—able to give a voice to the voiceless, but also bendable toward the aims of censorship and exclusion—explains why thoughts about social media can run either to optimism or (as has been more the case recently) to pessimism when it comes to the implications for democracy. The heart of the matter is that, while freedom of information online is an inherentl... See More
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Jennifer Sims, Captain in the United States Army · 03 Dec 2017

From what I have experienced, open transgender service strengthens our military. Enabling soldiers to pursue their gender identity allows them to feel a part of the Army’s team and empowers them to be all they can be. Every soldier deserves to have that experience, including the thousands who are transgender.
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Michael Clemens, Senior fellow at the Center for Global Development (CGD), a Washington D.C.-based think tank · 01 Dec 2017

We wanted democracy, but we got mobocracy
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Freedom House, NGO dedicated to the expansion of freedom around the world · 01 Dec 2017

Online manipulation and disinformation tactics played an important role in elections in at least 18 countries over the past year, including the United States. [...] The effects of these rapidly spreading techniques on democracy and civic activism are potentially devastating. The fabrication of grassroots support for government policies on social media creates a closed loop in which the regime esse... See More
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Hector Perez, Co-founder at Agreelist · 30 Nov 2017

agrees Carbon Tax
If products which do contaminate are increased and those which do not are decreased, we'll reduce contamination. I would also increase public investment in clean energy research.
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Hector Perez, Co-founder at Agreelist · 30 Nov 2017

agrees Vaccines
Not only is a risk for you not taking vaccines, but for all people around you.
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Hector Perez, Co-founder at Agreelist · 30 Nov 2017

agrees Basic Income
I think it's worth it to explore a basic income so we are not so afraid of unemployment. However, paying displaced workers to retrain would be better when possible. Moreover, I think that using a basic income as a replacement for current welfare would be a huge mistake. Finally, I would also like to learn more about a job guarantee.
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Hector Perez, Co-founder at Agreelist · 30 Nov 2017

If telecom operators choose which services you have access, small companies won't be able to compete fairly with established ones. Innovation - and freedom of speech - will be diminished.
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Dame Nemat Talaat Shafik, DBE, aka Minouche Shafik, Economist. Director of the London School of Economics · 29 Nov 2017

disagrees Basic Income
Universal basic income can be part of a solution but is not a panacea. Some advocate paying everyone in society a flat amount to compensate for the lost Universal basic income (UBI) can be expensive, inefficient compared to most alternatives because it goes to the non-poor, and underplays the value of meaningful work for well-being.(...) Many countries have elements of UBI in place, such as univer... See More

Jason Tanz, Site director at Wired · 29 Nov 2017

Facebook built its vision of democracy on bad maths. [...] Facebook proved, thrillingly, that an algorithm can be a better judge of what someone wants to read than any human ever could. But that's not always a good thing. People tend to read, like, and share information that confirms their own biases, or stokes their anger—not necessarily information that brings them closer to citizens of all poli... See More
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Stevan Dojcinovic, Editor in chief of KRIK, independent Serbian news website · 29 Nov 2017

By picking small countries with shaky democratic institutions to be experimental subjects, Facebook is showing a cynical lack of concern for how its decisions affect the most vulnerable. Facebook could be a tool for such alternative spaces to thrive. Instead — at least in Serbia — it risks becoming just another playground for the powerful
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Kaitlyn Buss, Editorial writer at The Detroit News · 29 Nov 2017

Shouting online doesn’t save democracy. It threatens it by degrading some of the most necessary foundations for self-government: local engagement and strong relationships with family, friends and community.
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Vyacheslav Polonski, Network scientist, University of Oxford · 29 Nov 2017

The biggest threat to democracy? Your social media feed. Instead of creating a digitally-mediated agora which encourages broad discussion, the internet has increased ideological segregation. It filters dissent out of our feeds and grants a disproportionate amount of clout to the most extreme opinions due to their greater visibility and accelerated viral cycles.
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Charlie Beckett, Media Professor at London School of Economics, founding director of think tank POLIS · 29 Nov 2017

That the Internet is innately democratic and that it will have revolutionary political consequences [is] a straw man
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Jonathan Zittrain, Internet Law Professor at Harvard Law School · 29 Nov 2017

A social-media or search company looking to take the next step and attempt to create a favorable outcome in an election would certainly have the means. While a propagandistic Google doodle or similarly ideological alteration to a common home page lies in plain view, newsfeeds and search results have no baseline. They can be subtly tweaked without hazarding the same backlash.
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Alexis C. Madrigal, Writer at The Atlantic · 29 Nov 2017

Facebook’s draw is its ability to give you what you want. Like a page, get more of that page’s posts; like a story, get more stories like that; interact with a person, get more of their updates. From the system’s perspective, success is correctly predicting what you’ll like, comment on, or share. But as far as “personalized newspapers” go, this one’s editorial sensibilities are limited. Most peopl... See More
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Richard Stengel, US Under Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs · 29 Nov 2017

With people communicating horizontally, the trend line toward increasing freedom and democracy is there
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Sam Greene, Director of the Russia Institute, King’s College London · 25 Nov 2017

Our politics are vulnerable to nefarious influences — whether of the Kremlin variety or the Breitbart variety — not because our information landscape is open and fluid, but because voters’ perceptions have become untethered from reality. For reasons that are both complex and debatable, very many voters have stopped seeing government as a tool for the production of the common good, and have instead... See More

Dan Nadir, Vice President of Digital Risk at Proofpoint · 25 Nov 2017

People rely on social media platforms to communicate with each other, conduct business and form opinions, but the Internet wasn't designed with trust in mind.
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Omidyar Network, Philanthropic investment firm founded by eBay founder Pierre Omidyar · 25 Nov 2017

It is becoming increasingly apparent that fundamental principles underlying democracy—trust, informed dialogue, a shared sense of reality, mutual consent, and participation—are being put to the test by certain features and attributes of social media, [especially as] technology companies increasingly achieve financial success by monetizing public attention.
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Juanca Martínez, Economist. University of Malaga. Spain. · 13 Nov 2017

disagrees Basic Income
Un sistema de salud gratuito y universal es en la práctica una renta básica universal no monetaria. También son rentas básicas universales no monetarias la educación gratuita para todos, el gasto en la protección del medio ambiente, el gasto municipal en parques y jardines y el que pudiera tener un servicio universal gratuito de ayuda a la dependencia. Una propuesta de renta básica universal que d... See More
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