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No, Facebook should not submit to more regulation

No, Facebook should not submit to more regulation

  Recently, the Senate Judiciary and Commerce, Science, and Transportation committees questioned Mark Zuckerberg, the founder and CEO of Facebook with regard to the recent Cambridge Analytica data privacy breach scandal.The breach of personal data and privacy hits very close to home for most, as, in the age of technology, where surveillance capacities have become increasingly advanced over…

Communism Isn't "Sharing"

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Communism Isn't "Sharing"

In 2017, the Pew Research Center published key findings on religion and politics in Central and Eastern Europe revealing some alarming trends in attitudes towards the former U.S.S.R. and democratic government.  For example, several former Soviet-bloc countries consider the 1991 fall of the Soviet Union to have been a bad thing for their country Armenia (79%), Moldova (70%), Russia (69%), and…

Whom do unions really protect?

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Blogger: Bill Wirtz
Whom do unions really protect?

This week has seen massive strikes in the French public railway services. While the unions are holding the French transport system hostage, only a fraction of both regional and high-speed intercity trains are operational. France is a notable example of what happens when unions gain the upper hand. But whom do they really protect?   The illusion of support   During a recent carpool…

From Lisbon to Brexit- The EU Debate

From Lisbon to Brexit- The EU Debate

After the British vote to leave the European Union several debates have surfaced with regard to how the future of the Union should look. This is, of course, not a recent development. Since its inception there have been debates with regard to how it should function and whether it should be an economic union, a confederacy or a super state. The dialogue has been similar to the one carried out…

On AI, Europe prefers to "think" than to innovate

Blogger: Bill Wirtz
On AI, Europe prefers to "think" than to innovate

Despite the enormous opportunities provided by the technology surrounding artificial intelligence, the European Union is more preoccupied with coming up with creative ways of taxing automation and regulating AI. This will eventually show to be a massive error of judgement.   The Commission's AI "strategy"   During the Digital Summit in Tallinn in October, the…

One American’s View of Europe

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“But the problem is not social democracy as such, but rather the  perception that the center-left has forgotten the fundamental values.”…

European political parties need to draw red lines. Viktor Orbán is showing why.

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Blogger: Bill Wirtz
European political parties need to draw red lines. Viktor Orbán is showing why.

For years, a political class offended by everything and begging for apologies on minor scandals has seemingly been fine with benefiting from the membership of parties with very questionable views. A recent speech by Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán makes it clear that European political parties need to screen their memberships and stop the opportunism.   Orbán's…

Intergenerational difference

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Intergenerational difference

Millennials are socially cast as schizophrenic. One view of holds them to be ultra-perfectionists and super-achievers whose drive ruins their lives and those of others around them; the other version casts them as special snowflake narcissists who have been protected and shielded all their lives by helicopter parents to whom they cling with unhealthy attachment. Both visions, though, share blaming…

How Blockchain Technology is Changing the World

How Blockchain Technology is Changing the World

Since the earliest days of the internet, community and security have been key topics associated with both the growth of the digital age and the difficulty of finding a secure place within it. A noble, albeit elusive goal, the tech giants of today still struggle with the open concept of the internet, while at the same time trying to guarantee with certain securities. Passwords, queries, and the…

The European Union needs tax competition

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Blogger: Bill Wirtz
The European Union needs tax competition

Back in December, the finance ministers of the European Union agreed on a new common list of so-called “tax havens”, which compete with particularly lower corporate income tax rates. On this “black list”, a total of 17 states around the globe appeared  amongst them were Mongolia, South Korea, Bahrain, Barbados and the United Arab Emirates. The consensus then was that…

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