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    Alex Kong: ‘There are 1.6 million unbanked working adults in the UK’

Alex Kong: ‘There are 1.6 million unbanked working adults in the UK’

The use of new financial technology, or fintech, promises a number of benefits to consumers, including cost reduction and increased convenience in the way banking services are provided. Another, less often discussed, advantage is the possibility of financial inclusion. Alex Kong, founder and CEO of TNG, estimates that there are two million people around the world who do not […]

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    Mitchell Baker: ‘The internet was designed not to be owned by any one person’

Mitchell Baker: ‘The internet was designed not to be owned by any one person’

On 14 December the US Federal Communications Commission will vote on its chairman’s proposal to kill net neutrality, the principle on which the internet was built. Anyone can create a website, which can be seen at the same download speed as any other site. If the FCC’s chairman has it his way, the internet will look more like cable TV, in which […]

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    Adizah Tejani: ‘We need a mindset shift to understand the possibilities of open banking’

Adizah Tejani: ‘We need a mindset shift to understand the possibilities of open banking’

When the EU regulation known as the Payment Services Directive 2 (PSD2) takes effect, in January 2018, banks will be required to open their businesses to outside service providers. That includes offering these outsiders access to application programming interfaces (APIs), which are the digital protocols that allow third parties to build apps linking to a business. In the UK, […]

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    Crimson Rose: ‘Burning Man shows people a different way of looking at what they do’

Crimson Rose: ‘Burning Man shows people a different way of looking at what they do’

Every August, a pop-up city named Black Rock City is built in the middle of the desert in the US state of Nevada. During ten days, Black Rock receives a total influx of 70 thousand people, the maximum allowed by the authorities. They come for an event that is hard to describe, a mixture of art show, dance camp and […]

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    Vic Shao: ‘You’ll soon be able to have unlimited energy price packages for your home’

Vic Shao: ‘You’ll soon be able to have unlimited energy price packages for your home’

Back in August, when a solar eclipse darkened parts of the US for a couple of minutes during daytime, many power utilities had to put into action their prepared plans, switching from solar to natural gas-fired power and hydroelectric plants or importing energy from other states. The event highlighted a fact about energy: it is largely produced and consumed in […]

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    Hussam Hlaak: ‘Tech companies need to know who their clients are’

Hussam Hlaak: ‘Tech companies need to know who their clients are’

In its early days, the Arab Spring, the popular unrest that began in 2010 in the Middle East and North Africa, seemed to be evidence of the power of social media to bring about democracy. The illusion didn’t last very long. Governments learned quickly to use technology to suppress dissent. But social network platforms have been playing an important role […]

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    Julian David: ‘We need to get the data issue right in the Brexit negotiations’

Julian David: ‘We need to get the data issue right in the Brexit negotiations’

As businesses in all industries become increasingly digital, describing the technology sector as a separate category makes a little less sense. Banking, retail, the media and all kinds of services are going online. This digitalisation of economic activity poses a challenge to the idea of borders, and makes the Brexit negotiations especially difficult. Julian David, CEO of techUK, an association representing 950 […]

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    Amy Pressman: ‘The really disruptive companies are ingesting a tonne of data from customers’

Amy Pressman: ‘The really disruptive companies are ingesting a tonne of data from customers’

In the era when Amazon can deliver a product within two hours and social media and online review sites provide a megaphone for disaffected consumers, no manager can consider herself sane if she is not listening closely to the company’s customers. As co-founder and president of Medallia, a customer experience management (CEM) software provider, Amy Pressman knows first hand how important this […]

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    Gaurav Dhillon: ‘The cloud is safer than any other form of managing data applications’

Gaurav Dhillon: ‘The cloud is safer than any other form of managing data applications’

Software as a service, commonly know by its acronym SaaS, has become the lay of the land for large corporations. Instead of buying and installing software to manage information in different parts of the business, such as customer relationship management and billing, many now subscribe to software services hosted by third-party providers. For companies, this model of engaging with software has big […]

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    Joseph Kahn: ‘We’re not talking about news, we’re talking about fraud’

Joseph Kahn: ‘We’re not talking about news, we’re talking about fraud’

The upheaval in business, economics, politics and culture caused by the digital revolution has become a lot more clear now. One single event did more than most to bring that message home: last year’s surprising election results in the US. The repercussions were global. The news industry, in particular, was jolted when it became evident how widely political propaganda […]