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What's the Next-Generation Internet? Surprise: It's All About the Blockchain!

(7) Comments | Posted March 12, 2015 | 6:25 PM


Co-authored with Alex Tapscott

Yes, the digital revolution has brought countless wonders. The Internet, the World Wide Web, social media, mobile computing, geospatiality, big data, and the cloud have enabled myriad wonderful developments in virtually every aspect of life.

But when it comes to...

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SXSW Preview: Reality Check -- The Dark Side of the Digital Economy

(1) Comments | Posted March 11, 2015 | 12:36 PM

Image credit: LordHayabusa357/DeviantArt

Not everything I've written holds up well. But in rereading The Digital Economy for the 20th-anniversary-edition rewrite, I'm both struck by how well the book has withstood the test of time and deeply concerned about where we have...

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Davos 2015 Wrap-Up: Get Ready for Breakthroughs About the Brain

(7) Comments | Posted February 2, 2015 | 4:09 PM

The World Economic Forum Annual Meeting in Davos is over for another year. Amazingly, most of what was discussed this year had not been on the radar a year ago. A year ago there was no discussion of oil prices dropping to, say, $50; the acronym "ISIS" was never mentioned;...

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Extreme Disparity of Wealth Dominates Davos

(9) Comments | Posted January 28, 2015 | 7:33 PM

With extreme wealth also comes extreme political clout that results in extreme human suffering, said Winnie Byanyima, Executive Director of Oxfam International, at a panel session this week in Davos.

Byanyima helped set the tone for this year's World Economic Forum by releasing the comprehensive report that disclosed that the...

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At Davos, Technology CEOs Discuss the Digital Economy

(2) Comments | Posted January 24, 2015 | 10:21 AM

Davos: One of the most anticipated discussions at this year's meeting was the plenary session on The Digital Economy. Given that I wrote the book that coined that term 20 years ago, I attended with great interest.

On the panel were Google chairman Eric Schmidt, Vodafone CEO Vittorio Colao, Facebook...

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Davos: What Future Do You Want?

(0) Comments | Posted January 22, 2015 | 12:57 PM

Do you agree or disagree that in the future we will think "inserting radio-frequency identification in our babies' bodies is as normal as vaccination"? This is just one of many provocative questions put to the participants in a spirited Davos session entitled "What Future Do You Want?"

Emerging technologies have...

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Davos 2015: International Conflict Is Top Global Risk

(0) Comments | Posted January 21, 2015 | 4:07 PM

There is much discussion of global risks at the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting this week, and illustrating today's volatility is the fact that the biggest threat to the stability of the world -- international conflict -- was not even on last year's list. That is the conclusion of the...

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Davos: Wealth Inequalities and the Collapse of Trust

(2) Comments | Posted January 20, 2015 | 5:17 PM

Undoubtedly timed to the opening of the World Economic Forum annual meeting in Davos, a new report by Oxfam says the richest 1 percent of people in the world will have a majority of the wealth on the planet next year.

"The scale of global inequality is quite...

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Leaders to Weigh 'The New Global Context' at Davos

(0) Comments | Posted January 20, 2015 | 9:31 AM

Against a disturbing global backdrop that includes ongoing hostilities in Ukraine, the crashing of oil prices, a global jobless recovery and the recent slaughter at Charlie Hebdo, more than 2,500 delegates will squeeze into the small ski resort of Davos, Switzerland -- population 11,000 -- for the World Economic Forum...

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2015: The Top 10 Things You Can't Have Too Much Of

(3) Comments | Posted January 8, 2015 | 2:47 PM

In 2014 I held an online discussion asking the question "What are the things you can't have too much of?" I got hundreds of responses and from this have selected my top 10 list, as a fun kickoff to 2015! It is also relevant to business, career planning and entrepreneurship....

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Make 2015 the Year You Finally Launch Your Own Startup

(4) Comments | Posted December 17, 2014 | 1:59 PM


2015 will be the time to start a business. Here's why and how.

Around the world we are facing unprecedented unemployment -- even in the developed world. Youth are particularly hard hit. In 2014 more than 1.6 million students graduated from American colleges...

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Do Companies Still Need a CIO? Introducing the IT Services Supermarket

(1) Comments | Posted November 24, 2014 | 3:36 PM


Some pundits argue that companies will soon be able to get rid of their CIOs and even their entire IT departments. But even with the rise of powerful IT services on the cloud, this notion is folly. In fact a whole new model of...

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Rush Limbaugh Is Emblematic of Our Political Rot

(78) Comments | Posted November 17, 2014 | 4:02 PM

It is stunning that leading conservative thinkers are arguing that the Republican majority in Congress is a mandate for even more gridlock. Rush Limbaugh says Republicans weren't elected "to make Congress work. They weren't sent there to get along." Instead, Limbaugh argues, their mandate is "to stop Barack Obama. Republicans...

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Is 'The World's Most Secretive Company' Opening Up?

(2) Comments | Posted November 4, 2014 | 1:50 PM

Apple has been called "the world's most secretive company." It creates great products but has a terrible reputation as a corporate citizen. It seems to hoard its intellectual property. It's sitting on $160 billion of cash reserves, and is a philanthropic miser. Foxconn, the high-profile electronics company that builds Apple's...

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(Almost) Everything We Think About Managing Talent Is Wrong. Here's Why.

(5) Comments | Posted October 28, 2014 | 4:45 PM


Today's workplace should look more like a jazz band (yes, that's a pic of me) rather than a Dilbert-style bureaucracy that looks more like a dysfunctional marching band. As Dilbert pointed out (in the best selling management book of all time) our approach to...

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Is the Digital Economy Still a Capitalist Economy?

(24) Comments | Posted October 24, 2014 | 1:06 PM

This is the first of a series of excerpts from The Digital Economy, 20th Anniversary Edition by Don Tapscott, released October 24, 2014.

Too bad the term "socialism" was appropriated by Karl Marx, because it would be an apt description of today's emerging social economy. The social media revolution is...

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Is Elon Musk the Greatest CEO of the Modern Era?

(7) Comments | Posted September 30, 2014 | 3:43 PM

OK, before I start, let me make full disclosure: my new Tesla was delivered today. Yes I know it's a car for the 1 percent, and that my modest green initiative of buying an electric vehicle won't exactly save the biosphere. And indeed, I am indebted to Elon Musk, the...

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Climate Change Is Too Important to Be Left to the Politicians

(2) Comments | Posted September 25, 2014 | 12:29 PM

The Climate Summit at the United Nations is unprecedented. Even though it is not part of the UN's official negotiating process for reducing greenhouse gas emissions, this could be the most important and productive meetings on climate change ever held. In addition to leaders of member states, it's bringing together...

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Governing the Climate

(0) Comments | Posted September 23, 2014 | 8:56 AM

Today's Climate Summit at the United Nations is unprecedented. Even though it is not part of the UN's official negotiating process for reducing greenhouse gas emissions, this could be the most important and productive meeting on climate change ever held. In addition to leaders of member states, it's bringing together...

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The Solar Roadways Campaign: What Does It Mean for the Fight Against Climate Change?

(9) Comments | Posted June 16, 2014 | 10:16 AM

On June 20th the Solar Roadways campaign ends -- having achieved more than double its $1 million goal. The project seeks to develop a modular paving system to transform every roadway, parking lot, landing strip, bike path, driveway and playground into giant solar panel. A solar grid like this would...

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