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Straight talking to MECA countries

IMF, OECD, UN, and WTO are seeking better ways to hold accountable countries which ask for more assistance and preferential trade in pandemic times. Middle East, North Africa, Caucasus, and Central Asia (MECA countries) are in the spotlight. Friendly persuasion has not significantly reduced poor governance or corruption. Is Georgia an exception? Hopes rest on agriculture and digital technologies. The agriculture ministers' conference 2021 recommends AMIS, the Agricultural Market Information System curated by FAO. A closer look shows its shortcomings. Digitization will not suffice.Read more ...

Philanthropy re-visited: Merck’s focus on Africa

In recent years Merck has been significantly stepping up its engagement in Sub-Saharan Africa. Why, where, how, with what prospects? Stefan Oschmann, Chairman of the Executive Board Merck KGaA in an unplugged enquiry, with an eye to Latin America, Asia, and in particular China. Includes a footnote on Merck and World War I as described by historiansRead more ...

Eurofins: “We have some of the biggest databases in the world…”

Eurofins’ is working on forward integration from service provider to diagnostics manufacturer. What about recent acquisitions of NGS diagnostic companies, and what are growth perspectives from “big data” accumulated in-house?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 ...