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Weekly Wire: The Global Forum

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These are some of the views and reports relevant to our readers that caught our attention this week.

CORRUPTION: The Unrecognized Threat to International Security
Working Group on Corruption and Security, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace
Systemic corruption has an unrecognized bearing on international security. Policymakers and private companies often pay insufficient attention to corruption when deciding what foreign and defense policies to pursue or where to invest. Greater understanding of the nature of acute corruption and its impact on global security would contribute to a better assessment of costs and benefits and therefore to improved policy and practice.

The role of Africa's fourth generation
The Guardian
Post-colonial Africa is in its fourth generation. Over the past few decades, each generation has had a specific role to play: the first generation fought for, and gained, independence from their colonisers. The second generation, marked by greed and corruption, largely destroyed all that the first had fought for. The third was tasked with cleaning up the mess made by the second. So where does that leave us – Africa's fourth post-independence generation? It is up to us to build large-scale prosperity for Africa for the first time in its post-colonial history. Although much remains to be done, the second generation's mess has largely been cleaned up and Africa is the most stable it has been in decades. Inter- and intra-state conflict is declining and trade is booming. Africa's 5 % annual GDP growth is four times that of the EU, and between 2011 and 2015, African countries will account for seven of the ten fastest-growing economies in the world.

TV's Untapped Potential As A Digital Business
In this column over the last two years, I have talked about a wide range of ideas – the need for marketers to embrace change management, the rise of the marketing cloud, and perhaps the most broad reaching, my thoughts about Yahoo!, Facebook, and the post-digital era that we are now in. As I have been observing and saying, the strategy that marketers are wrestling with now is no longer about how to do digital marketing, but how to market in a digital age. One thing I have learned though engaging with CMOs from across a wide range of verticals,  digital and traditional agency executives, and  technology vendors hoping to solve the marketing revolution with a systems approach, is that the advertising marketplace is not just going through a technology evolution, its going through a rewrite of what the discipline is all about.

Perspectives on Global Development 2014, Boosting productivity to meet the middle-income challenge
Developing economies continue to grow faster than more advanced countries. Non- OECD countries’ share in world GDP surpassed that of OECD countries in 2010. Since its first edition in 2010, the annual Perspectives on Global Development has investigated the trends in “shifting wealth”, the increasing economic weight of developing countries in the world economy. “Shifting wealth” has received a boost through the rise of China, which has also led to positive spillover effects on developing economies that supply China’s demand for resource- based products and intermediates. However, even at their higher rates of growth since 2000, the per capita incomes in developing countries – including many middle-income countries – will not reach the levels of developed countries by 2050. Boosting productivity growth in middle-income countries could stem this trend and is the focus of this report. At the same time, this growth needs to be inclusive so that a real convergence in living standards can take place.

Mind the gap: why UN development goals must tackle economic inequality
The Guardian
This month we have a once-in-a-generation opportunity to force our governments to face up to an uncomfortable reality – that promises of sustainable development are hollow without bold action on economic inequality. The UN's mammoth consultation on the objectives that will succeed the millennium development goals (MDGs) after they expire next year is wrapping up. After one more round of edits, the final shortlist (pdf) will be ready for debate. A goal to address inequality has swung in and out of the line-up and is unlikely to make the final draft. This would be a grave oversight. There is little doubt that the steady stockpiling of wealth, income and power by the richest in our societies is a disaster for the sustainable development agenda. Pope Francis just about summed it up with his "root of all evil" tweet: inequality undercuts virtually everything the international community is working to achieve. To leave it out of the sustainable development goals (SDGs) is to ignore a key driver of poverty, environmental decline and ill health.

The 5 Biggest Cybersecurity Myths, Debunked
“A domain for the nerds.” That is how the Internet used to be viewed back in the early 1990s, until all the rest of us began to use and depend on it. But this quote is from a White House official earlier this year describing how cybersecurity is too often viewed today. And therein lies the problem, and the needed solution. Each of us, in whatever role we play in life, makes decisions about cybersecurity that will shape the future well beyond the world of computers. But by looking at this issue as only for the IT Crowd, we too often do so without the proper tools. Basic terms and essential concepts that define what is possible and proper are being missed, or even worse, distorted. Some threats are overblown and overreacted to, while others are ignored. Perhaps the biggest problem is that while the Internet has given us the ability to run down the answer to almost any question, cybersecurity is a realm where past myth and future hype often weave together, obscuring what actually has happened and where we really are now. If we ever want to get anything effective done in securing the online world, we have to demystify it first.


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