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Digital Utilities

This blog is the paragraph on “digital utilities” from the book “The Digital Challenge for Europe Exponential growth and dominance of tech giants There is a lot going on right now around the world’s major tech giants. Approximately 90% of...

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Our thinking gets in the way of solutions

Politicians fail. Anyone who addresses problems in meetings that the world is currently struggling with, quickly comes up with the question to what extent people expect ‘politics’ to solve those problems. The recently published IPCC report, widely embraced by scientists...

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Society in digital transformation

Reordering the world. The world is becoming more digital every day, to the extent that more and more transactions between people and organizations, as well as between organizations themselves, are taking place digitally. Digitalization is rearranging the world. Numerous new...

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Debunking Strategic Autonomy ; Paul Timmers

The article is reproduced with the author’s permission from Directions Cyber Digital Europe, 23 July 2021 Strategic autonomy continues to be “hot” in Brussels, Berlin and Paris. Not a week passes without a new policy proposal by the European Commission...

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Digital awakening

The positive side effect of the corona pandemic seems to be that many who were not yet convinced that humanity should radically change course, may now think differently. On top of the barely controllable climate crisis, unimaginable loss of biodiversity,...

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The Digital Challenge for Europe

“The Digital Challenge for Europe”(including”The Fluid Society”) is available as an e-book from Apple Books, Google Books, Kindle, Kobo and Bol.com. The book with hard cover can be ordered via this website. “There is no doubt that the world is...

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To build a better world after the COVID crisis …

To build a better world from the Covid crisis, we need a global push to connect the world’s young people Web Foundation · March 12, 2021 As the World Wide Web turns 32, Web inventor Sir Tim Berners-Lee and Web Foundation Co-founder...

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Digital espionage

Digital threats. The FD (Financieel Dagblad) of 10 February 2021 contains an important article on the digital threats posed by China and Russia. The article argues for more cooperation on a national level between governments, companies and universities to exchange information. It claims...

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Hyperconnected Jungle

A Hyperconnected Jungle

A Hyperconnected World. According to the WEF (World Economic Forum), we should speak of a Hyper-connected World now that everything is increasingly connected to everything else. Not only people and organizations are connected, also more and more devices (the Internet...

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Why European IT Companies and Platforms

Why European IT Companies and Platforms

The price of digital communication. Step by step, the world is changing toward a hyper-connected, digital world. Everyone and everything is connected, through a system of thousands of systems, running on the Internet. A poor smartphone owner in Mozambique can receive...

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Trump Offline

Trump offline. The Big Tech firms in the US have denied President Trump access to their platforms. And immediately, of course, there were all kinds of reactions. Are these firms allowed to deny private individuals, and perhaps especially a President, access...

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A plea to think differently in the digital world

reflections on digitalization and society Original review published on Reedsy Discovery Free book preview The fluid society is a name for the digital society that humanity will grow towards in the coming years. Over the last ten years I have written many...

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Does digitalization lead to low inflation?

Prolonged low inflation. Recently, economists have questioned why inflation remains low for a long time, while it is expected that when the economy picks up, inflation will also rise due to higher wages, higher energy costs and resource use. At the...

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