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What Are the Real Issues We Must Urgently Address?

To get the world off an increasingly worrisome and self-reinforcing cycle of tech dysfunction, political paralysis, and failed action on climate, we all must get involved. Techonomy is committed, and we tackle all these issues at our conference next week.   More

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Facebook’s Creating a Content “Supreme Court.” That’s a Problem.

This should have U.S. regulators challenging the world’s largest social media company's right to operate with virtually no oversight. Thankfully, the European Union is taking action.   More

Global Tech Innovation

China’s Pioneering Consumer Tech Businesses

The Chinese web has evolved beyond just copying Facebook, YouTube and Google, to innovating its own mobile-first digital platforms and ways of making money.   More

5G Global Tech

The Wrong Way to Push Back on Chinese Tech

The escalating tech war between the U.S. and China will hurt more than Huawei. It could do major economic damage to the world.   More

Global Tech Net Giants

David Kirkpatrick’s Travel Journal: JFK-SIN-MUC, Facebook, Sandberg

Sheryl Sandberg

Editor-in-chief David Kirkpatrick is in the midst of a round-the-world swing for Techonomy, doing interviews and moderating programs. From Singapore to Munich, to Davos, David shares highlights from his interview with Jerry Yang, his takeaways from Sheryl Sandberg's appearance at DLD, and more.   More

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Jeffrey Sachs Gets Heat for Defending Huawei

Economist Jeffrey Sachs is under extreme criticism for suggesting that U.S. efforts to prosecute Huawei for violations of sanctions against Iran are counterproductive and harmful to global relations. This article in the South China Morning Post explains his situation in detail.   More

Global Tech

The Facebook Paradox: Both Overvalued and Undervalued

Analyst-turned-entrepreneur Cakmak has waffled on Facebook. Is it a perfidious social blight or an indispensable social service? It all depends which lens you're using.   More

Global Tech The Internet

Why We Need More Online Friction

Most websites view transparency as a barrier to entry, or friction as friction gets in the way of profits. It also could be the saving grace for the web as society works to decrease misinformation and hate speech.   More

Global Tech Government The Internet

Why Zuckerberg Will Keep Failing in China

Despite impressive perseverance, Mark Zuckerberg's attempts to crack China are almost certainly destined to fail. Techonomy's David Kirkpatrick explains why, in this piece he wrote in mid-August for the South China Morning Post.   More

Global Tech Government Opinion

Why Facebook Should Hire Barack Obama

Many of the company's ongoing crises result from an insufficient understanding of global politics and how Facebook changes it. Zuckerberg needs someone he'll listen to, like the 44th president of the United States.   More

Global Tech Innovation The Internet

Why the Future will Require Mesh Governance

Society is evolving quickly, with power more and more in networks. In turn, network edges are gaining in power. What this means for all of us is daunting. The author outlines a new form of order and governance he sees emerging.   More

From the Magazine Global Tech International Affairs

By the Numbers: U.S. Tech Courts Europe’s Regulators

The rapid growth and aggressiveness of U.S. tech companies' lobbying in Europe is getting attention, but is it working? (From the latest Techonomy Magazine.)   More

From the Magazine Global Tech International Affairs

As the EU Targets Tech, Will the U.S. Follow?

Regulation, that dirty word, is creeping closer and closer to the tech industry and especially its giants. Europe, privacy-conscious and regulation-happy, is leading the way. (From the latest Techonomy Magazine.)   More

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India’s Mobile Strategy Sets Pace for Connecting Everyone

While it has taken a while for the digital revolution to take shape in India, the country is now leapfrogging more advanced economies. There is much we can learn from India’s efforts, says the CEO of a telecommunications networking equipment supplier doing business there.   More

From the Magazine Global Tech

China Releases a Tech Dragon: the BAT

Isolated from American competition, Baidu, Alibaba, and Tencent dominate China and have grown remarkably for a decade. Now they are legitimate rivals to the American tech giants. (From the latest Techonomy Magazine)   More

Global Tech Techonomy Events

T+E NYC Preview: Could ZTE Supply Ban Change China-Taiwan Relations?

The U.S. government ban on purchases of American technology by Chinese telecom equipment giant ZTE could be the catalyst for China to become more independent for advanced design of chips that go into smartphones and electronic gadgets -- and could even ease relations with Taiwan.   More

Global Tech Government Opinion Security & Privacy

How the FTC Could Have Prevented the Facebook Mess

The FTC issued a 2011 consent order against Facebook to protect the privacy of user data. But the Commission never enforced the order, even as Facebook disregarded its provisions. If the order had been enforced, there would be no Cambridge Analytica story.   More

Global Tech Security & Privacy

Cyber Vulnerabilities Threaten Kenya’s Vaunted Fintech

More than 75 percent of Kenyan citizens have access to financial services through mobile devices, increasing the risk of cybercrime and putting pressure on public and private stakeholders to invest more in cybersecurity.   More

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Big Tech’s Conscience to Join Techonomy NYC

Techonomy's program for our May conference in NYC is shaping up quickly. The conversation will range widely across technologies, company strategies, public policy, and the state of human progress. Join Microsoft President Brad Smith, WPP CEO Martin Sorrell, development economist Jeffrey Sachs, Vimeo CEO Anajli Sud, and more.   More

Global Tech Government International Affairs

Gates Foundation Supports Tech in Kenya Despite Political Turmoil

Melinda Gates, the co-chair of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, launched Pathways for Prosperity, a commission on technology and inclusive development in Nairobi, Kenya. The technological innovations that the commission is investigating is at a nascent stage in Kenya, however, and political turmoil threatens real progress.   More