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Sustainable Cities and Communities/Fourth Industrial Revolution/Pandemic – Small local innovators are highly effective at tackling big global threats. Here’s why (Flora Rosenow, Katerina Hoskova, François Bonnici, Carolien de Bruin, WEF)

Gender equality and the fight against climate breakdown have been set back by the pandemic. Income stagnation and inequalities are compromising our global systems. We should be turning to examples of altruism for a blueprint of how the future might be shaped. World leaders had their work cut out for them at last week’s G7 […]

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(Manufacturing/Fourth Industrial Revolution) Manufacturing reimagined: from improved productivity to profitable growth (Katy George, WEF)

Manufacturers are revamping their growth strategies as COVID-19 continues to cause uncertainty. Maximizing productivity is no longer enough. Instead, they should look to Fourth Industrial Revolution technologies to increase resilience, sustainability and growth. https://www.weforum.org/agenda/2021/01/manufacturing-reimagined-from-improved-productivity-to-profitable-growth/

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(Africa/Fourth Industrial Revolution) Unlocking the potential of Earth Observation to address Africa’s critical challenges (WEF)

Earth observation data can be essential for harnessing Fourth Industrial Revolution technologies for the public good. Digital Earth Africa shows how such innovations can enable widespread socio-economic development throughout the African continent, and how continental scale data infrastructure can democratize the capacity to process and analyse satellite data. This allows for the informed decision-making needed […]

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TRADE/FOURTH INDUSTRIAL REVOLUTION – Mapping TradeTech: Trade in the Fourth Industrial Revolution (WEF)

TradeTech, or the set of technologies and innovations that enable trade to be more efficient, inclusive, and equitable, is fundamental to harnessing the innovations of the Fourth Industrial Revolution to support the public good. Yet the incorporation of technologies in trade could result in unintended consequences that should be addressed to ensure TradeTech works for […]

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BLOCKCHAIN – Why blockchain’s final touches may well be human (Cathy Barrera, Stephanie Hurder, WEF)

Human intervention and judgment will ensure the success of the blockchain network, a report indicates. Image: REUTERS/Darrin Zammit Lupi Blockchain does not yet eliminate the need for trust. Limitations are due to the fact it is impossible to construct a contract that accounts for every scenario that may unfold. Human intervention can help bridge the gap […]

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FOURTH INDUSTRIAL REVOLUTION – Global Technology Governance Report 2021 (WEF)

pdf: http://www3.weforum.org/docs/WEF_Global_Technology_Governance_2020.pdf An essential consideration for government, business and civil society is how technologies are harnessed and regulated to accelerate growth, encourage innovation and build resiliency in the wake of COVID-19. How governments and other stakeholders approach the governance of technologies will play an important role in how we reset society, the economy and the […]

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FOURTH INDUSTRIAL REVOLUTION – 5 ways to unlock the power of tech for the post-pandemic recovery (William Eggers, Ruth Hickin, WEF)

We still need an innovate governance framework for the technology behind the Fourth Industrial Revolution. Governments, businesses and civil society must ask how these technologies can best be harnessed to accelerate growth in these times. We can look to policies from Canada to Finland to guide us, and help us get the full potential from […]