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This article has been prepared by Riccardo Tomasi (Head of the IoT Services Management research unit, Pervasive Technologies, ISMB) and Maurizio Spirito (Emerging Trends and Opportunities, ISMB), based on know-how generated by the GreenCom project. This is a repost of The top 20 Lessons to remember when running an ICT&Energy R&D project with a pilot… » read more

  Posted by Europe in My Region

Leaks are becoming the new norm of transparency and perhaps the main source of informed public debate. The Panama mega leak and LuxLeaks expose tax heavens and show the salience of whistleblowers for triggering accountability. Yet, in Europe little or no whistleblower protection exists. Vigijlenca Abazi discusses the mismatch between whistleblowing and legal protection and… » read more

  Posted by CERiM

The European Commission is holding a public consultation to evaluate the Transparency Register that supplies information on EU lobbyists and the policy process. As a professor and trainer in lobbying and a somewhat active analyst, I thought it might be worth sharing my humble opinion. As this is about transparency, I feel it should not… » read more

  Posted by The Risk-Monger

  Two studies came out (just in time for Pesticide Action Week) that question the cost to society of pesticides and other chemicals. The logic is simple: Chemicals cost societies billions of dollars, therefore removing them would save money. I am a little troubled by such a simplistic view – like any statistical analysis, you… » read more

  Posted by The Risk-Monger

  The last blog looked at ten reasons why glyphosate is the herbicide of the century. So why then, despite the overwhelming scientific evidence and clear environmental and social benefits, is this product on the verge of having its authorisation removed? The NGO activists and pro-organic lobbyists have led a formidable campaign that started a… » read more

  Posted by The Risk-Monger

The following is the first of a two-part blog looking at how a corrupt unethical campaign against an essential agricultural product is succeeding in the EU. This first part will look at why glyphosate is such a good product for farmers; the second part will demonstrate how environmental NGOs, activist scientists, organic lobbyists and IARC… » read more

  Posted by The Risk-Monger

  For the last twelve years, I have taught courses on Corporate Communications and Public Relations mostly to university law students. Towards the end of the course, after following a company’s communications activities for around three months, I poll my students on the class forum, asking if they could imagine working for their chosen corporations.… » read more

  Posted by The Risk-Monger

Last month’s Paris Climate Conference (COP 21) was an exemplary moment in the history of stupid. A dismal failure, the much anticipated climate event did not produce any binding treaty, any strategy to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and its toothless “non-adversarial and non-punitive” accord essentially put climate decisions on the back-burner until after 2050. Rather… » read more

  Posted by The Risk-Monger

  The following is Part 3 of a ten-part blog on governance to be serialised over the holidays. How to Deal with Stupid, essentially a policy pamphlet, will examine how stupid has been able to rise, be used by clever manipulators to achieve legislative success and what can be done to begin to return stupid… » read more

  Posted by The Risk-Monger

  I am sure there are days when the Food Babe, Vani Hari, must close her laptop, look out of her living room window and marvel: How is it that a woman with a diploma in computer science and without any education in toxicology, chemistry or nutrition could become a global leader in diet and… » read more

  Posted by The Risk-Monger

The following is Part 1 of a ten-part blog on governance to be serialised over the holidays. Today our personal decision-making process is strongly influenced by the latest social media applications yet EU and American government policy mechanisms, developed in the last century, have not been adapted to these communications tools. This discrepancy has created… » read more

  Posted by The Risk-Monger

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