Michael Graziano, Founder of Global Degree · 16 Feb 2018Big 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
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
Ian Gough, Economist. London School of Economics. · 13 Feb 2018The 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
Lili Cheng, Corporate vice president of Microsoft AI & Research · 20 Jan 2018n 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
PHI, California-based Public Health Institute · 19 Jan 2018
agrees Soda taxesOne 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
Scott Drenkard, Economist and Director of State Projects for the Tax Foundation · 19 Jan 2018Economic 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.
John Buhl, Media Relations Manager for the Tax Foundation think tank · 19 Jan 2018Philadelphia, 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
Emily Wang, Economist and Assistant Professor, University of Massachussets · 19 Jan 2018Proponents 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
Mark Epstein, Antitrust attorney and freelance writer · 19 Dec 2017In 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
Sonia Sodha, Chief leader writer and columnist at the Observer · 19 Dec 2017Even 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
Simon Ghiotto, Economist · 16 Dec 2017Prenons 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
Joshua Tucker, Professor of Politics, New York University · 14 Dec 2017This 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
Jennifer Sims, Captain in the United States Army · 03 Dec 2017From 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.
Freedom House, NGO dedicated to the expansion of freedom around the world · 01 Dec 2017Online 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
Hector Perez, Co-founder at Agreelist · 30 Nov 2017
agrees Basic IncomeI 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.
Dame Nemat Talaat Shafik, DBE, aka Minouche Shafik, Economist. Director of the London School of Economics · 29 Nov 2017Universal 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 2017Facebook 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
Stevan Dojcinovic, Editor in chief of KRIK, independent Serbian news website · 29 Nov 2017By 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
Kaitlyn Buss, Editorial writer at The Detroit News · 29 Nov 2017Shouting 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.
Vyacheslav Polonski, Network scientist, University of Oxford · 29 Nov 2017The 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.
Jonathan Zittrain, Internet Law Professor at Harvard Law School · 29 Nov 2017A 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.
Alexis C. Madrigal, Writer at The Atlantic · 29 Nov 2017Facebook’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
Sam Greene, Director of the Russia Institute, King’s College London · 25 Nov 2017
disagrees Social media threaten democracyOur 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
Omidyar Network, Philanthropic investment firm founded by eBay founder Pierre Omidyar · 25 Nov 2017It 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.
Juanca Martínez, Economist. University of Malaga. Spain. · 13 Nov 2017Un 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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