Forum in the News - May 16

16 May 2018

Facebook’s blockchain experiment raises eyebrows - Financial Times

Mark Zuckerberg flirts with decentralisation of his very centralised social network, in what the Forum’s head of blockchain Sheila Warren describes as a ‘really smart move’.

Kenyan startup offers solutions to boost farmers’ productivity - CNBC Africa

Could solar-powered irrigation kits solve Africa’s poor cereal yields?

Why we must work together to prevent Disease X - Telegraph

Imagine an epidemic for which there is no known cure, that’s Disease X. We need to invest in prevention now, argues Dr Richard Hatchett, CEO of the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI), which was set up last year by the governments of Norway and India, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the Wellcome Trust and the World Economic Forum.

Brazil’s war on graft replaces costly gifts as the new soft power - Financial Times

An increasingly intense anti-corruption drive in Brazil is setting new global benchmarks as investigators target an activity estimated by the Forum to be worth 5% of global GDP.

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