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    Gig economy: Disruption can bring benefits for workers and consumers

Gig economy: Disruption can bring benefits for workers and consumers

The world of work is being transformed, driven by rapid developments in technology, globalisation, and demographic change. Now, the concept of ‘employment’ itself seems to be increasingly past its sell-by date. A proliferation of new, online platforms has made access to paid work easier and more efficient than ever before by instantaneously connecting people who have work they need […]

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    Nico Sell: ‘Stop giving away all your information for free on Facebook’

Nico Sell: ‘Stop giving away all your information for free on Facebook’

Nico Sell is part of a rare breed of Silicon Valley entrepreneurs who don’t practice ‘tech evangelism’. The co-founder of the encrypted messaging app Wickr and the Wickr Foundation is a fierce critic of current business models based on mining consumers’ private information. In 2015 she wrote an open letter to the UK’s then Prime Minister, David Cameron, complaining about […]

Dissolving the line between client and staff spaces

In corporate offices, clients traditionally occupy dedicated and contained spaces that are segregated from staff areas and amenities. These spaces are designed as microcosms for meeting and entertaining, often contained in the most desirable parts of buildings with the best views and with the most luxurious interior design. This approach carefully plans a sequence of arrival spaces and ‘protected routes’ […]

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    Sasha Hoffman: ‘Autonomous cars are just one piece of a much larger equation’

Sasha Hoffman: ‘Autonomous cars are just one piece of a much larger equation’

Piaggio Fast Forward is the autonomous vehicle arm of the Piaggio Group, creator of the iconic Italian Vespa motorcycle. Even though PFF dreams of one day helping to move people, its focus now is on helping carry heavy packages for short distances, such as grocery bags from the store around the corner to your doorstep. ‘Autonomous cars are just […]

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    ‘Ledger Nirvana’ in trade processing either doesn’t exist or is aeons away

‘Ledger Nirvana’ in trade processing either doesn’t exist or is aeons away

One of the areas frequently mentioned as ripe for improvement by applications of the broad group of technologies known as blockchain, or distributed ledger technology (DLT), is capital markets. In the “ledger nirvana” of many blockchain proponents, market counterparties use consistent sets of trade data. They also use smart contracts, computer protocols that facilitate, verify, or enforce the negotiation […]

Performance needs purpose

We’ve all met the eye-rollers. The leaders who say ‘business-is-business’ and ‘people work to get paid’. The ones who leave ‘pastoral care’ to the HR team down the hallway. Because there’s work to do and money to be made…

When it comes to engagement and motivation, they’ve got a frustratingly clear view: they’re firmly in the driver’s seat with performance-related […]

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    Marc DaCosta: “Define your problem, then look at the data, not the other way around”

Marc DaCosta: “Define your problem, then look at the data, not the other way around”

As co-founder and Chairman of Enigma, a firm specialising in collecting, integrating and analysing data, Marc DaCosta is not your typical technology entrepreneur. He began his career as an intellectual property strategy consultant to technology companies, but maintained close ties to academia, receiving a PhD in cultural anthropology from the University of California. Mark is also a fellow at […]

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    Torbjörn Holmström: ‘We add automation when it helps our customers’ bottom line’

Torbjörn Holmström: ‘We add automation when it helps our customers’ bottom line’

Volvo has been integrating computer systems in its trucks since the 1970’s, when the Swedish carmaker began to hire software engineers. If fully operational autonomous cars represent level 5 of the degree of automation, we’re still in level 2 or 3, says Torbjörn Holmström, Senior Advisor to the CEO of Volvo, who until last October was the chief technology […]

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    Kate Brodock: ‘Some Silicon Valley firms are leaders in parental leave’

Kate Brodock: ‘Some Silicon Valley firms are leaders in parental leave’

Women 2.0 is a for-profit company founded in 2006 as a hub where women in the technology field could network and help each other professionally. Today it has expanded into a media company whose goal is “to close the gender gaps in founding, investing, the workplace and leadership.” LSE Business Review managing editor Helena Vieira spoke with CEO Kate Brodock […]

Surviving the global information security war  

Lessons from the fate of the NHS Trusts:

You will not survive a war on more than one front

Over the past week many NHS Patients became collateral damage as the ten-year arms race between online predators and the vendors of information security products and services escalated into global warfare after a new ransomware variant produced by a supposedly […]

Cindy Cohn: ‘They have our lives in their hands’

The US non-profit Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) champions user privacy, free expression and innovation, which they see as civil liberties. The EFF fights cases in court, publishes papers and develops privacy technology. An LSE and University of Michigan alumna, Executive Director Cindy Cohn was named one of the 100 most influential lawyers in America in 2013, and has received a number […]

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    William Murphy: ‘We need change management to help people with new technology’

William Murphy: ‘We need change management to help people with new technology’

William (Bill) Murphy is a senior managing director and the Chief Technology Officer at Blackstone, one of the world’s largest investment firms, which manages assets such as private equity and real estate. Prior to joining Blackstone in 2011, he was founding Chief Technology Officer for Capital IQ, a technology and financial services company that was acquired by Standard & Poor’s in […]

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    Melonee Wise: ‘Robot adoption will grow faster in semi-structured environments’

Melonee Wise: ‘Robot adoption will grow faster in semi-structured environments’

Melonee Wise has two decades of experience designing, building and programming robots. She is the CEO of California-based Fetch Robotics, which works mainly with the logistics industry. The company introduced their robot system in 2015. “There’s a lot of bad PR around robots and jobs,” says Melonee. Robots actually make people’s work days much better, she says. Melonee spoke with […]

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    Nicole Eagan: “Cybersecurity is very fast becoming an all-out arms race”

Nicole Eagan: “Cybersecurity is very fast becoming an all-out arms race”

A major cyberattack this Friday (12 May) disrupted services at hospitals and doctors’ surgeries in England, and a number of other targets throughout the world. The UK’s National Health Service, Spain’s Telefonica and the American logistics firm FedEx were the first organisations to confirm they had been targeted. Cyberattacks have intensified in the past few months and companies, governments and all […]

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    Despite major cyberattacks, businesses have been slow to react

Despite major cyberattacks, businesses have been slow to react

If you think you know cybercrime, think again. The modern-day scammer isn’t averse to changing the rules of play and, increasingly, businesses of all shapes and sizes are finding themselves exposed.

In the past year, more than half (57 per cent) of businesses surveyed in The Hiscox Cyber Readiness Report 2017 said they experienced an attack. Two in five (42 […]

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    Naveen Jain: ‘If we can learn to live on the moon we can live anywhere in space’

Naveen Jain: ‘If we can learn to live on the moon we can live anywhere in space’

Naveen Jain is the co-founder and executive chairman of Moon Express, one of the four enterprises vying for the Google Lunar XPRIZE. The project, also called Moon 2.0, offers a $20 million prize for the first privately-developed spacecraft to land on the moon, travel at least 500 meters across its surface, and transmit photos and video. Moon Express bought three launches […]

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    The Southern African wild card: High foreign debt, weak currencies and default risk

The Southern African wild card: High foreign debt, weak currencies and default risk

The dawn of 2017 seems to have pried open a can of worms in Southern Africa. In just about four months, Mozambique, not too long ago displaying strong economic growth and bullish investor sentiment, has defaulted in servicing a $60 million coupon payment for its ‘Tuna Bond’. The plunge in oil prices has sent banks in Angola clutching at the […]

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    Ad-blockers and the road to consumers controlling their private data

Ad-blockers and the road to consumers controlling their private data

Despite the sheer abundance of content on the web today, the online publishing industry is going through something of a crisis. In 2016, the global use of ad blockers witnessed a 30% increase, with 615 million desktop and mobile devices now running some form of software that prevents the industry from displaying ads to their readership. It’s forecast that such a […]

Why robots aren’t the enemy

It is scary fun to think that the robot buddy who is making life a bit easier and products a bit cheaper will next week steal your job, that the bot that reads your laptop cookies will destroy your freedom of choice, or that super-intelligent algorithms mean that we will all end up working for machines. I propose, rather, […]

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    Endless online distraction is hurting leaders’ ability to make decisions

Endless online distraction is hurting leaders’ ability to make decisions

Complexity has become our enemy. Complexity coupled with the ridiculous levels of distraction that now exist make us exhausted and feel that we are not on top of our game. Often that is true: we make things too complicated and the vast amount of noise that surrounds us confuses things.

The onslaught of social media in its many forms means […]