Web inventor: Closing digital divide must be top priority
TANZANIA World Wide Web inventor Tim Berners-Lee said Thursday the COVID-19 pandemic demonstrates the gross inequality of a world where almost half the population is unable to connect to the internet. Men remain 21 percent more likely than women to be online, and 52 percent more likely in the least developing countries.He spoke at the online launch of U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres Roadmap for Digital Cooperation. A first step is to develop new financial models to provide affordable connectivity to the Internet for everyone by 2030. The digital world has many benefits, but also has been gravely misused, Guterres said. Hate speech, discrimination and abuse are on the march in digital spaces, the U.N. chief said.
Davos elite back corporate social responsibility, but 'their words are bigger than their actions'
They will talk about how their companies have tackled societal issues from diversity to climate change. Issues like climate change are more tangible, due to disasters like the wildfires in Australia. Shareholder advocacy groups like As You Sow are pushing for shareholder votes on issues including climate change and human rights. Muilenburg was a board member of the Business Roundtable until he was ousted as Boeing CEO in December. But the minimum wage debate like climate change, board diversity and privacy is already being tackled by the states, far ahead of federal regulation.cnbc.com