Category: Politics, Public Policy, Government

Video and slides: IAPP Data Protection Congress in Brussels, today: Technology and Humanity (updated)

Great event here in Brussels today, see more details here. NEW:  here is the video of my keynote My new book TECHNOLOGY VS HUMANITY, as mentioned, is here – buy as many copies as you can:::) Gerd Leonhard, Futurist, Humanist, Author, CEO, The Futures Agency: Gerd Leonhard focuses on ‘hard futures’, eventualities that are ...

Good read via The Economist: machine learning and government

Read: of prediction and policy (The Economist)  Governments have much to gain from applying algorithms to public policy, but controversies loom Machine-learning systems excel at prediction. A common approach is to train a system by showing it a vast quantity of data on, say, students and their achievements. The software chews through the ...

The evilfication of Facebook: boiling frogs, faustian bargains, and the pleasure trap: 10 arguments for quitting Facebook (UPDATED)

This post will be updated regularly as I’m deciding on what to do about my Facebook  presence.  Thanks for all your votes btw – you can see the results up to this point here or below. For now, I have decided to dial back 95% as far as my Facebook usage ...

Europe Approves Tough New Data Protection Rules – NYTimes.com. The US-EU canyon is widening.

I think this is a very important – if not really ‘perfect’ – step in the right direction – and it will most certainly deepen the canyon-of-different-worldviews between Europe and the US.  These are vast generalisations of course (and there are definitive pros and cons to either position – be sure to ...

RadioLiveNZ Interview with Futurist Speaker Gerd Leonhard on the hard futures: work, jobs, government, humanity, and more

Here is a nice interview with RadioLiveNZ, from my last trip to NZ, a few weeks ago. A big thank you to RadioLiveNZ! International technology futurist and author Gerd Leonhard talks about the big themes in technology right now and some of the trends that are beginning to shape the future

Video and slides: my presentation from today's CEO Clubs Greece event in Athens: digital transformation, and the future of Europe and… Greece

Great event here in Athens today! Really amazing to see that much optimism and openness despite all the really tough issues, here in Greece, right now. Link to event details (PDF) Update: here’s the video This is the key slide I just added, in retrospect:) Athens CEO Clubs Greece Gerd Leonhard Public nP-web 6MB ...

Interesting Chart: Global Trust Levels In Business And Governments (via Statista), my 2 cents

80 percent of people surveyed in 27 markets across the globe distrust their governments, businesses or both, according to Edelman’s 2015 Trust Barometer. Looking at several key countries in the survey, distrust is most rampant in Britain, France, Germany, Russia and the United States….In Russia, 54 percent of people trust ...

Update: audio recording and slides: presentation at Societe de Lecture in Geneva: private versus public – what is the future?

This was a fun event!  I spoke about the future of privacy in a digital world and also on how all of this will impact the future of Switzerland (incl. banking and what I call ‘Swiss Data‘. 63 MB3 recording of my talk (Dropbox)  or OwnCloud version (high res MP3, low-res below) A ...

#MAYDAY Video Contest Winners (great video on US politics). Go Larry Lessig go!

#MAYDAYin30 Video Contest Winners. This is why I supported Larry Lessig’s Mayday campaign – he’s totally spot-on!  And this video really hits home. Related video with an amazing Ted talk by Larry Lessig

Leadership Summit for the Future at ITU TeleWorld Doha December 7, 2014 (curated by Gerd Leonhard): complete program announced today

The ‘Leadership Summit for the Future’ event at this year’s ITU is going to be fantastic, and it is a great pleasure to serve as curator and moderator.  Please note that this an internal ITU / invitation-only event; please contact the ITU staff directly if you are interested in more information. Download ...

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