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The World Economic Forum is one meeting place where the hyper-elite, transnational capitalists can get together and become a class without a country. EPA/Jean-Christophe Bott

Class on a global scale: the emerging transnational capitalists

The Conversation is running a series, Class in Australia, to identify, illuminate and debate its many manifestations. Here, Andrew Self examines how class operates on a global scale, and whether or not…
Davos provides a fertile meeting ground for the influential and high profile. AAP

Brian Schmidt: my five days in Davos

As my wife and I arrived in Davos on the train for the World Economic Forum, We had a feeling of déjà vu not unlike arriving at Harvard for graduate school – we sort of didn’t belong and we sort of did…
Who’s viewing your metadata? Adam Fagen

Data surveillance is necessary, but we must have transparency

The latest intelligence documents published by The Guardian tell us that the US National Security Agency (NSA) is harvesting up to 200 million text messages a day under the DISHFIRE programme, and that…
The new boss: nothing like the old boss? PA

Rouhani spearheads Iranian charm offensive in Davos

Hassan Rouhani’s first European appearance did not disappoint, or veer far off script. The new Iranian president’s first trip as head of government to the continent had a somewhat predictable destination…
If you’re bored of running the world, the Swiss Alps have other attractions. Frédéric de Goldschmidt

Ignore the people and let experts run the world, it’s the Davos way

It is that time of the year again in Davos. High politics, big business and a sprinkling of glitz, and every year a bit more barbed wire and machine guns. For the global elite is fast losing popularity…
Davos attendees compare firewall software. World Economic Forum

People come before computers in cybersecurity

As business leaders and politicians gather in Davos to discuss how to reshape the world, one of the topics on their agenda will be cyber-resilience, which is all about preparing organisations and individuals…
You won’t find the best policy ideas here. Michel Euler/AP

Poorest need deregulation more than Davos

Those on the left of the political spectrum argue that many of the world’s problems are caused by big business exploiting the poor. Those who support a free economy, meanwhile, lay many of the world’s…
All just theatre? Michel Euler/AP

Ignore the global elites and their Davos spectacle

I once had a friend who worked as a lobbyist. Our meetings gave me a sense that I was before the representative of a strange, migratory tribe. This tribe clusters around centres of power (Washington, Brussels…
Finishing touches go on at the World Economic Forum, where Tony Abbott will outline his G20 agenda. AAP

Davos diplomacy: Abbott sells G20 Summit to world leaders

When prime minister Tony Abbott delivers his speech outlining “Australia’s Vision for the G20” at the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos, Switzerland on Thursday, he will have the attention of some of…
Invite only: at the World Economic Forum, the global economic agenda is determined by a cabal of the world’s super elite. AAP

The cosy corporate elite who controlled the Davos agenda

In 1975, a national delegate attending an international conference on the global economy joked: “Who do you expect will be at this conference in 100 years? France or General Motors?” Little could he imagine…
Questions of planetary power: a mere 0.3% of transnational corporations control 40% of global revenue. Flickr/paul (dex)

Planet under Pressure 2012: here’s the wrap

The Planet Under Pressure 2012 Conference was held in London a fortnight back and released the first State of the Planet Declaration. The conference aim was to set out the science (in a broad sense) in…
Getting it off her chest: a protester reinforces her message at the World Economic Forum at Davos in January. AAP

The future is looking backward, at least according to Davos

When the great and the good dutifully traipsed to the Swiss Alps for the Annual Meeting of the World Economic Forum in Davos in late January, they were equally dutifully followed by hordes of media and…

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