Daily Archives: January 21, 2014

The Davos World Economic Forum: A lot of ‘hot air’?

Participants walk in front of the congress centre prior to the opening of the World Economic Forum in Davos on January 21, 2014. Some 40 world leaders gather in the Swiss ski resort Davos to discuss and debate a wide range of issues including the causes of conflicts plaguing the Middle East, and how to reinvigorate the global economy.
Stephen BeardForeign Policy

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Participants walk in front of the congress centre prior to the opening of the World Economic Forum in Davos on January 21, 2014. Some 40 world leaders gather in the Swiss ski resort Davos to discuss and debate a wide range of issues including the causes of conflicts plaguing the Middle East, and how to reinvigorate the global economy.

by Stephen Beard January 21, 2014 – 11:56am

“There are a lot of people there who love to hear themselves talk, that go on at length. That mountaintop in Switzerland each year is warmed by quite a bit of hot air.”

Stressed out by Davos?

Some 2,500 of the world’s most powerful business and political leaders will make their annual pilgrimage to a mountaintop in the Swiss Alps this week. They won’t be seeking a religious experience (well, most of them won’t). They’re headed for the small ski resort of Davos for the 44th annual World Economic Forum – four days of economic discussion and debate.

Not everyone is expecting many major revelations.

“There will be a lot of bloviating,” says David Rothkopf of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. “There are a lot of people there who love to hear themselves talk, that go on at length. That mountaintop in Switzerland each year is warmed by quite a bit of hot air.”

Anthony Hilton, Financial Editor of the London Evening Standard is another Davos skeptic: “They go on about the ‘Spirit of Davos’ and how they’re shaping the world. But they’re not. They’re actually revelling in their own self-importance and smugness. It’s an exercise in self-preening and group think.”

The gigantic agenda seems well-meaning enough. Among the 250 subjects under discussion over the next four days are: climate change, the future of healthcare, the nightmare of youth unemployment and the challenge of scientific innovation.

…(read more).

Environmental Justice
Environment Ethics

Is Net Neutrality Dead?

January 21, 2014 at 10:00 AM

Net neutrality and a fork in the road for the Internet. We’ll look at what the Internet is really going to be.

 

Netflix’s Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos seen at the Netflix Signature Gala at 2013 TIFF, on Sunday, Sep, 8, 2013 in Toronto. Netflix is one of many companies that could be affected by a court-ordered change in the F.C.C.’s ‘net neutrality’ policy, where Internet Service Providers can charge different rates for different quantities of available data downloads. The streaming movie and TV provider requires access to massive amounts of data streaming to play video. (AP)

One week ago today came a court ruling in Washington that could change almost everything about the Internet. At least, everything important to a lot of people. A Federal appeals court struck down the F.C.C.’s requirement of “net neutrality.” Internet service providers — big phone and cable companies — had been required to treat everything equal on the web. Now they’re not. They can package and tier and privilege and block and charge for web content like cable TV charges for HBO. That is still sinking in. This hour On Point: what the Internet is going to be, and the fate of net neutrality.

Global Climate Change
Environmental Justice
Environment Ethics
Media

Food & Water Watch

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Food & Water Watch works to ensure the food, water and fish we consume is safe, accessible and sustainably produced. So we can all enjoy and trust in what we eat and drink, we help people take charge of where their food comes from, keep clean, affordable, public tap water flowing freely to our homes, protect the environmental quality of oceans, force government to do its job protecting citizens, and educate about the importance of keeping the global commons — our shared resources — under public control.

Global Climate Change
Environmental Justice
Environment Ethics
Food-Matters

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