Reshaping the World at Davos?

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Reshaping the World at Davos?

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Saturday, January 25, 2014 - 8:30am

The 44th annual Davos World Economic Forum is taking place this week, bringing together 2,500 of the world’s most powerful business and political leaders to discuss pressing international issues. The spotlight will be focused on Iran, as its President, Hassan Rouhani, seeks investment for his hard-hit, sanctions-laden country; Syria, as its bloody civil war rages on; Europe, as it faces unemployment, inflation, and continued financial vulnerability; and China, as it exerts ever-growing social and economic influence.

The changing role of technology (including cyber crime and Internet Security) is a hot topic of discussion at the Forum. Yahoo! CEO Marissa Mayer set the stage with a proclamation in her opening comments that 2014 will be a “tipping point” for digital technology, with Internet traffic from mobile devices eclipsing desktop activity. Internet privacy issues and corresponding legal changes are also top of mind, particularly as governments across globe lick the wounds that have resulted from Edward Snowden’s revelations.

An optimistic Bill Gates offered some interesting food for thought with a prediction that “by 2035, there will be almost no poor countries left in the world. Almost all countries will be what we now call lower-middle income or richer. Countries will learn from their most productive neighbors and benefit from innovations like new vaccines, better seeds, and the digital revolution. Their labor forces, buoyed by expanded education, will attract new investments.”


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