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The Great U.S.‑China Tech Divide

Posted by hkarner - 22. Januar 2020

Date: 21‑01‑2020

Source: The Wall Street Journal

The two countries are headed toward a world where they will have mutually exclusive systems for all important forms of technology

U.S.‑China tech tension centered initially on Huawei and the telecom sector, but has since spread through most of the tech industry. 

In terms of technology, the world had been unifying for years. Now it is reverting back to the likes of the VHS‑versus‑Betamax era, with much bigger consequences.

 Imagine two countries with completely different sets of hardware and software for the internet, electronic devices, telecommunications, and even social media and dating apps.

 That is the direction the U.S. and China are headed in—a world where the two global powers have mutually exclusive technology systems. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

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Trump’s greatest ally in the coming election? Facebook

Posted by hkarner - 22. Januar 2020

Date: 21‑01‑2020

Source: The Guardian by John Harris

The internet giant has exempted politics from regulations on falsehood. Good news for a candidacy built on lies

‘The most egregious aspect of the way Facebook treats politics remains untouched.’ An anti‑Facebook protest at the US Capitol Building in 2018.

If you want to know why the worst president in US history currently stands a very good chance of winning again, consider a few facts. Donald Trump’s re‑election campaign is already in full flow, brimming with cash, drenching social media with targeted ads, and reaping oceans of data on voters.

The impeachment drama is, predictably enough, the perfect opportunity to put out material that plays to the idea of Trump as a noble maverick, struggling against the liberal conspiracy implied by his online questionnaires: “Do you agree that President Trump has done nothing wrong? Do you believe the Democrats will try and make up LIES to impeach the president?” Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

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All Aboard the Crazy Train

Posted by hkarner - 22. Januar 2020

Date: 21‑01‑2020

Source: The Wall Street Journal By Walter Russell Mead

Or at least that’s how populism’s rise feels to those at the World Economic Forum.

Davos, Switzerland

For half a century the annual meeting of the World Economic Forum has brought a mix of business leaders, politicians, pundits, academics, activists, “social entrepreneurs” and celebrities to this small village high in the Swiss Alps. For the year‑round inhabitants, the conference is a mixed blessing. Security barriers and heavy traffic turn the narrow streets into a nightmare. With well‑situated one‑bedroom apartments renting for as much as $5,000 a night, however, many a Davos‑dweller can escape the madness and pocket a nice profit. The resort’s hotels also make out well; with corporations and governments competing to reserve ballrooms and salons for their events, local hoteliers can clear more in a week than they likely could make during the whole ski season in the old pre‑WEF days.

There is something inescapably ridiculous about a gathering this self‑important; certainly Marie Antoinette and her friends dressing up as shepherdesses to celebrate the simple life has nothing on the more than 100 billionaires descending, often by private jet, on an exclusive Swiss ski resort for four days of ostentatious hand‑wringing about the problems of the poor and the dangers of climate change. This year an earnest young aide at registration told me that, to reduce the event’s carbon footprint, no paper maps of the town were being distributed; one could almost feel the waves of relief from the nearby Alpine glaciers at this sign of green progress. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

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