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Museums Switching between TikTok-length and Nuance - Currying Favour, Muddling Through, or Enligthenment

Rebecca Johnson, Chief Scientist National Museum of Natural History of the U.S. Smithsonian Institution talks about aspiring a global reach while comparing to other museums and managing tensions between goals and WIPO initiatives regarding traditional knowledge, climate change, or creationism. About winning Generation Z, compressing information into social media-length, or teaching what science “is”. Complemented by an analysis how museums fluctuate between currying favours, muddling through, and enlightenment.Read more ...

Africa not the dumping ground of used vehicles by developed economies

“Africa is not the dumping ground of used vehicles by developed economies”, says Dave Coffey, CEO of African Association of Automotive Manufacturers AAAM in B2Bioworld’s interview. But major exporters are from EU, Japan, or the United States. What about affordability, sufficient supply of spare parts? Limits of indigenous carmakers, and perspectives of bumpy trade policies in Africa.Read more ...

GAIA-X: Thorny Path to Live Up to High Hopes

Inter-operable digital flows, escape of lock-in contracts, and data sovereignty are most needed in economies where centralised cloud operators define what customers receive. The European GAIA-X initiative is gaining momentum by moving closer to the EU decision centre and providing first benefits to decentralised networks in Europe, but hyperscalers are not bystanders, and competing governments pamper their flagship companies. What’s up? An enquiry by B2Bioworld, and an interview with GAIA-X of Brussels.Read more ...

Data Exploitation and Freedom of Operation

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Regulatory Challenges of Big Data Operations – Algorithms, Healthcare, or Autonomous Driving

Herbert Zech, Professor of Life Sciences and Intellectual Property Laws at Universität Basel on key juridical concepts of the current debate about big data and artificial intelligence applications beyond privacy lawsRead more ...

Big Data & Research – Acquisition, Analytics, and Exploitation

Ulrich M Gassner, Professor of Public Law at Universität Augsburg (DE) discussing privacy, research disclaimers, DigiMed Bavaria, and wiggle room between national, regional, EU regulationsRead more ...