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Norway is the best country in the world to live in, according to the WEF
Feb05

Norway is the best country in the world to live in, according to the WEF

US president Donald Trump said last week that he wanted more of America’s immigrants to come from Norway, instead of “shithole countries” in Africa. When he comes to Davos this Friday, he will find out why that is not happening. According to World Economic Forum, Norway is the best country in the world in which to live. Norway is given top prize because the World Economic Forum analysts use a different metric than the Gross Domestic Product. They think GDP is a narrow and blinkered measure of economic activity. It doesn’t care whether that activity benefits its citizens. Read the full...

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Trump’s view of world ‘direct attack on spirit of co-operation’
Feb05

Trump’s view of world ‘direct attack on spirit of co-operation’

Don Tapscott is chief executive of the Tapscott Group and the chancellor of Trent University. With his son Alex, he is the co-author of Blockchain Revolution: How the Technology Behind Bitcoin is Changing Money, Business and the World and the co-founder of the Blockchain Research Institute, a think tank conducting 70 projects about blockchain opportunities and challenges. The theme of this year’s annual meeting of the World Economic Forum was “Creating a Shared Future in a Fractured World.” Delegates were asked to consider a renewed commitment to international collaboration to solve global challenges. “Our first response must be to develop new models for co-operation that are not based on narrow interests, but on the destiny of humanity as a whole,” WEF founder Klaus Schwab said. Read the full...

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The Evolution of Blockchain and The Digital Economy
Jan31

The Evolution of Blockchain and The Digital Economy

Don Tapscott has been an advocate of Blockchain and The Digital Economy for many years. This year at the World Economic Forum, is the first year he was not in the minority. Blockchain was talked about more than every other topic except, of course, Trump at Davos this year. Don Tapscott sat down with Maria Jones to talk about the evolution of the digital economy and the impact blockchain has had and will continue to have on our...

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Why blockchain is dominating discussions in Davos
Jan27

Why blockchain is dominating discussions in Davos

One technology topic here towers over all others: blockchain. It is bigger than artificial intelligence, social media, robotics or anything else. Every year, more and more companies descend on this small Swiss ski village to show their leadership and pitch their services. This action around blockchain (the technology behind cryptocurrencies such as bitcoin) is striking. What a change from two years ago. Back in 2016, a Wall Street Journal reporter asked me for my technology predictions for the near-to-mid term. I said blockchain would change our lives in the next 20 years as much as the Internet has changed our lives in the past 20 years. The book that I wrote with my son Alex, Blockchain Revolution, hadn’t been published yet. Bitcoin was trading for $100 and ethereum was still little more than a University of Waterloo dropout’s science experiment. The reporter was dubious. So were many others. In 2017, the same reporter interviewed me and admitted blockchain was beginning to generate a bit of a buzz, albeit most of it centred on the financial industry and bitcoin. I agreed with him, and said bitcoin was just an early application of blockchain, like e-mail was an early app of the old internet. I bet him 2018 would be the year blockchain was one of the hottest Davos topics. Read the full article   Photo via GovernmentZA (Flickr) – (CC BY-ND...

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Blockchain Research Institute begins operations in Brazil
Jan25

Blockchain Research Institute begins operations in Brazil

The Blockchain Research Institute, created by Don Tapscott – curator of the World Economic Forum – begins operations in Brazil. It is the first promoted outside of Canada. But what is “blockchain”? Still little used, it is a technological change that allows information not to be distributed in copies – as is already the case in online financial transactions. Rather, they will be shared by computers that digitally sign each transaction, ensuring non-tampering. Read the original article in...

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