A fusion of technology, media and telecoms encapsulates Mobile World Congress Barcelona (MWC19) and this year, beyond typical headline attracting announcements around 5G, AI and device innovation, there were two interlinked themes integral across sessions – that of Digital Trust and Digital Inclusion. Embedded within this is the capacity for technology to be harnessed for sustainable and scalable social good, a focus and indeed mission, very close to my heart. Reflecting on my personal perspectives of this event which I attended at the thoughtful invitation of Huawei as a technology Key Opinion Leader, it is this trust and inclusion narrative that I believe is critical to foreground and heralds a new dynamic dimension to this year's MWC19 theme of'Intelligent Connectivity'. Exploring the theme of trust first, we are living in a time of trust deficit and inequality - an issue Edelman has been consistently and independently monitoring via its research evidence based'trust-barometer'. This issue extends beyond specific sectors such as technology, to government, regulators, charities and individual users.
To the editor: Wow! Impressive! L.A. Unified is going to graduate all students "college ready" and with at least one college level class by 2023. And they will do this despite funding problems that will raise high school class sizes to 50 as per the front page article the same day about L.A. Unified financial woes. They will also find a way to hire and retain qualified instructors to teach these enormous classes. These same instructors who may find their pensions in jeopardy.
Businesses in the United Kingdom are well aware of the environmental challenges facing us, but aligning the wish to do better and actually changing corporate practices is no small feat. That's according to a new study published on Thursday by SAP, which says that 35% of UK executives and leaders struggle to "align their eco-commitments with their overall business strategy." The research is based on a 7000 participant-strong survey worldwide, including 400 companies in the UK. England, in particular, is currently experiencing a wave of protests in relation to environmental change. The Extinction Rebellion movement has been active in London and beyond, whereas in recent weeks, Insulate Britain has forced traffic to come to a standstill on motorways.
At the end of the 19th century, American economist and sociologist Thorstein Veblen said that people take their cues about what to consume from the social class immediately above their own. They want things just beyond their reach. A new paper in the journal Communication, Culture and Critique shows how this theory explains some dynamics of the influencer economy and the rules that govern Instagram. In it, researchers Emily Hund and Lee McGuigan at the University of Pennsylvania investigate the mechanics of "a shoppable life." The term describes the contemporary phenomenon of influencers marketing their lifestyles, then selling aspects of it, like the beauty products they use or elements of their home's decor, through nearly seamless technological infrastructure, and the finding that more and more commercial opportunities rise with the way people present themselves and interact with each other.