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Can businesses be trusted; hypergrowth; industry in outer space and other top stories from the last seven days.

Can businesses be trusted? Yes. But only if they make the building of trust a priority.

Anger against women is all too common on the web. The surprise is that women are often the ones doing the hating.

Uber and Buzzfeed are just two examples. Many more companies are cultivating hypergrowth.

Technology is cracking the world’s toughest problems. More can be done if we harness its disruptive power.

Investors also need to innovate. A Forum report outlines three approaches.

Economies can thrive in the “new normal”. But economists have to answer questions about growth, public finances and social protection.

ASEAN’s economy is bigger than India’s. What you need to know about the world’s seventh-largest economic power.

Digital technology is changing the region. The Fourth Industrial Revolution is challenging ASEAN.

An Asian Harvard? The region is ready for a world-class university.

He bought an airline for 25 cents. It now flies 55 million passengers a year.

Shakespeare said life had seven ages. But increasing longevity is upending ancient definitions of what it means to act your age.

The rise of Europe’s far right. The continent’s youngest foreign minister and Forum Young Global Leader, Sebastian Kurz, on the issues fracturing the political establishment.

A universal basic income could solve poverty. Focusing on children would be a good start.

Lower inequality doesn’t have to mean lower growth. New research shows there’s no trade-off between efficiency and equity in most countries.

Time to move heavy industry to outer space? It might be necessary to save the planet.

Investors are still positive on Malaysia. The Prime Minister addresses the World Economic Forum. (The Wall Street Journal)

Rigid gender roles hold back Japanese women. Cites Forum study. (Asia Times)

Is the worst over for oil? More coverage from the World Economic Forum on ASEAN. (Bloomberg)

Rwandan youth push for a visa-free Africa. The Kigali Global Shapers hub starts a campaign. (

Switzerland may introduce a universal basic income. The Fourth Industrial Revolution is one of the reasons. (The New Statesman)

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