Davos Gate(s)


This week saw the annual World Economic Forum in Davos. Other than contradictions like 1,700 gas-guzzling private jets gracing the skies over a conference with a main theme of climate change, other leaders in the tech world have come to loggerheads…

At the conference, Google’s Eric Schmidt claimed that better Internet connectivity was the key to solving the planet’s major problems. Unsurprising as it fits nicely with Google’s Project Loon. Loon is not alone; Zuckerberg has also been making the rounds to promote Internet accessibility in poorer countries.

Bill Gates is not impressed. Which is especially ironic as Microsoft chief Satya Nadella was on the panel in question and concurred with Schmidt. Maybe Bill has a point – “when you’re dying of malaria, I suppose you’ll look up and see that balloon, and I’m not sure how it’ll help you” ­– Schmidt and Zuckerberg’s efforts maybe getting emerging markets online but is it always for the right reasons?

Aside from calling out marketing masquerading as charity, Bill and Melinda Gates have released their 2015 Annual Letter with some encouraging predictions for the next 15 years.