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19 Jan 2016

Graeme Wearden, Guardian (UK)

8 themes to be discussed at the World Economic Forum include migration, climate change, inequality & privacy rights

"Davos 2016: eight key themes for the World Economic Forum", 19 Jan 2016

…[T]he World Economic Forum’s annual conference begins on Tuesday evening. The…debate will focus on the following themes…The…rise of automation and ever more intelligent machines…[T]he growing migration crisis…The stock market rout of 2016 has already made a small dent in the large fortunes of the Davos elite. So there will be plenty of nervous chatter…The WEF hopes to build on the Paris climate deal…by examining how governments and businesses can work together to cut carbon emissions…Turmoil in the Middle East and in the markets has pushed the eurozone debt problems down the agenda…This annual gathering of the global elite is a perfect opportunity to remind them about wealth inequality…Last week, Biden said “cancer politics” were holding back progress…Davos is an opportunity to push that message. Davos will see a clash between the authorities, which want closer control of our digital communications, and campaigners, who fear privacy is being eroded…[Also refers to Alibaba, BAE Systems, Facebook, Merck, and Microsoft.]