Risk in Icelandic Media Haven?
“Will Iceland get from bits what Switzerland gets from bank accounts?” the Economist's Babbage blog asks as Iceland moves closer to being a digital media haven.
"Will Iceland get from bits what Switzerland gets from bank accounts?" the Economist's Babbage blog asks as Iceland moves closer to being a digital media haven. Its parliament has voted to support the Icelandic Modern Media Initiative (IMMI), which combines many of the world's most media-friendly press and whistle-blower protections. Babbage cautions the would-be hacks' haven: "Switzerland has come under pressure from other countries to reform its tax and banking laws; it's hard for any single democracy to stand too far outside of international norms. But...Iceland has a cultural tendency not to worry too much about pissing people off."
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The Oxfam report prompted Anand Giridharadas to tweet: "Don't be Pinkered into everything's-getting-better complacency."
- A new report by Oxfam argues that wealth inequality is causing poverty and misery around the world.
- In the last year, the world's billionaires saw their wealth increase by 12%, while the poorest 3.8 billion people on the planet lost 11% of their wealth.
- The report prompted Anand Giridharadas to tweet: "Don't be Pinkered into everything's-getting-better complacency." We explain what Steven Pinker's got to do with it.
Moans, groans, and gripes release stress hormones in the brain.
Could you give up complaining for a whole month? That's the crux of this interesting piece by Jessica Hullinger over at Fast Company. Hullinger explores the reasons why humans are so predisposed to griping and why, despite these predispositions, we should all try to complain less. As for no complaining for a month, that was the goal for people enrolled in the Complaint Restraint project.
Participants sought to go the entirety of February without so much as a moan, groan, or bellyache.
- Facebook and Google began as companies with supposedly noble purposes.
- Creating a more connected world and indexing the world's information: what could be better than that?
- But pressure to return value to shareholders came at the expense of their own users.
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