Forum in the News -- May 31

31 May 2018

'It can't just be the rich and educated who benefit from new tech' -- Irish Independent

In an interview prior to a keynote presentation at Futurescope 2018, The Forum's Martina Larkin does not mince her words about Ireland's economic competitiveness: "The country does well across a number of pillars including strong institutions and high quality education, and research. But Brexit remains a concern, and there is not sufficient capacity to innovate. Ireland suffers from insufficient financial market development and lack of labour market efficiency."

"Every country is at a huge risk, you have to constantly prove yourself and move fast and move quicker, it's not the biggest or the strongest anymore, but rather the faster fish who will win."

Meat and fish multinationals jeopardising Paris climate goals -- The Guardian

Meat and fish companies may be “putting the implementation of the Paris agreement in jeopardy” by failing to properly report their climate emissions, according to a groundbreaking index launched today.

The Forum's Head of Climate Initiatives, Emily Farnworth, is quoted: “A major, systemic change is needed in the way we source protein if we are to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, deforestation, habitat loss and water stress. This can only be achieved if businesses and policymakers, working with the latest food technologies and scientific advice, collaborate to create a sustainable and nutritious food revolution that meets tomorrow’s demand.”

The Anatomy of a Phishing Attack -- Wall Street Journal

Cyberattacks on companies continue to grow more prevalent, sophisticated and dangerous. Organized criminals steal banking records, terrorists launch ransomware attacks, and state actors slip into information systems and go quiet until they see an opportunity to exploit their presence. Quotes the Forum's Global Risk Report 2018: "cyberbreaches recorded by businesses almost doubled in five years from 68 per business in 2012 to 130 per business in 2017."

Pakistan's new Ambassador to the US has his work cut out for him -- Gulf News

Young Global Leader Ali Jahangir Siddiqui took charge as Pakistan’s ambassador to the United States on Tuesday just two days before the end of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz’s (PML-N) government’s term.

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