"By 2020 there will be more than 700m smartphone connections in Africa – more than twice the projected number in North America and not far from the total in Europe, according to GSMA, an association of mobile phone operators. In Nigeria alone 16 smartphones are sold every minute, while mobile data traffic across Africa is set to increase 15-fold by 2020."
De Gentse start-up Fstr krijgt als eerste Belgische bedrijf open data subsidies van ODINE (Open Data Incubator for Europe). Fstr maakt het via één gezamenlijk globaal toegankelijke open database mogelijk om, op basis van werknemersinformatie, carpoolen te organiseren.
"THE COMMONS, STATE POWER AND NEW POLITICAL MOVEMENTS "
"By Fred Pearce
EVER wondered how climate change might save the world? Probably not. But the renowned German sociologist Ulrich Beck, who died last year, did. In The Metamorphosis of the World, Beck declares that global warming has the power to change us as well as the planet. And for the better.
The looming disaster is set to exemplify what he calls “emancipatory catastrophism”. It could be the key to unlocking a transformation in global politics that will be our salvation. Peering over the precipice could bring us to our senses. Or, to put it in the language of sociology, it will change our “normative horizons”.
We have no excuse. Thanks to the natural sciences, “never before in human history has political life been saturated by this much knowledge about a pending global emergency”. Being forewarned, however, does not seem to mean we are forearmed: “The literature on climate change has become a supermarket for apocalyptic scenarios,” as Beck puts it.
We may have the diagnosis, but we lack the prescription. We are transfixed, like rabbits in the headlights, knowing that we need to abandon carbon-based fuels, but without the politics to achieve it. And we face similar problems in other areas of global risk, too, he says – from escalating economic inequality to the epidemic of digital surveillance uncovered by Edward Snowden.
Faced with catastrophe, we can change. We have done it before, says Beck. The Holocaust triggered the collective horror from which modern ideas developed about human rights and the legal notion of crimes against humanity. Now we need new norms to outlaw crimes against the planet."
"Perceptive historians recognize that great powers go through a cycle of growth, stability, maturity and decline. Where is America in this cycle? Will we learn from the lessons of history?"
"Sander’s politics, which were never really socialist or even that progressive, were still unsupported by a party that claims to be for the people. In fact, if he was seen as progressive it’s because many of his ideas were taken right out of the Green Party platform. So what does the Democratic Party represent? Well, all it has done for the last 50 years is use people of color for votes."
"The term post-democracy was coined by Warwick University political scientist Colin Crouch in 2000 in his book Coping with Post-Democracy. It designates states that are conducted by fully operating democratic systems (elections are being held, governments fall and there is freedom of speech), but whose application is progressively limited. A small elite is taking the tough decisions and co-opts the democratic institutions. Crouch further developed the idea in an article called Is there a liberalism beyond social democracy? for the think tank Policy Network and in his subsequent book The Strange Non-Death of Neo-Liberalism.
This term appeared to define a running evolution within democracies during the 21st century. It is a polemical term because it calls attention to recognized democracies that are losing some of their foundations and evolving towards an aristocratic regime."