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Novozymes’ CEO: Why Business is Embracing Sustainability

How can business and tech help achieve the UN's Sustainable Development Goals for 2030? David Kirkpatrick discusses that and more in this video with Peder Holk Nielsen, CEO of Novozymes.

Portraits: Thought Leaders in Support of U.N. Global Goals

The U.N.'s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), are the world's roadmap for progress. At Techonomy 2017 we asked speakers to choose one of the 17 goals. Here, each speaker explains why they care about that specific...

Why Tuberculosis Persists

Tuberculosis (TB) remains one of the great scourges. Amazingly, one of every three people in the world is infected. Why it persists: political leaders do not understand its sociology; scientists lack effective paradigms to attack...

If Your Company Has Data, Consider “Donating It”

A growing number of companies are finding ways to become "corporate data philanthropists." Your company may have data that can be released for public benefit. Data donation leverages the power of the crowd: more people...

Why Microsoft’s Craig Mundie Worries About Weapons of Mass Disruption

All the evils that can be done in the cyberworld fall into five categories, according to Craig Mundie: malicious mischief, crime, espionage, warfare, and terrorism. And there are three kinds of actors committing them: amateurs,...

Data and Crisis: The Information Revolution in Humanitarian Response

Almost nothing makes gathering robust information harder than a natural disaster. But new services and infrastructure emerging globally promise to revolutionize humanitarian response. The edge of the network is alive with open-source technologies, open data,...

United Nations Spearheads Big Data for Development

When we think of Big Data, humanitarian aid and international development are probably not what first come to mind. But a United Nations team called Global Pulse is working to connect the dots between data...

UN Crowdsources Targets for Global Development

When even the UN starts appealing to the global crowd for direction and buy-in you know the tools of communication and leadership have really begun to change. This essay in The Guardian by a UN...

ITU President Hamadoun Touré on Internet Access as a Human Right

In this video from Techonomy 2011 in Tucson, Ariz., Forbes editor Randall Lane talks to Hamadoun Touré, Secretary General of the International Telecommuniation Union, about why it was important for the Union to establish access...

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