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Esther Dyson

Esther Dyson

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Esther Dyson, Chairman of EDventure Holdings, is an entrepreneur and angel investor concentrating on emerging markets and technologies. She is a board member of numerous companies, including 23andMe, Eventful, Meetup, NewspaperDirect, Voxiva, WPP Group, XCOR Aerospace, and Yandex, and was an early investor in such notable start-ups as Evernote, Flickr, Mashery, Medstory, Omada Health, and Square.

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  1. The Next-Generation Greenhouse
    vertical farming greenhouse Plant Chicago/Flickr

    The Next-Generation Greenhouse

    Aug 27, 2014 Esther Dyson extols the promise of vertical "plant production units."

  2. The Facebook Furor
    Mark Zuckerberg Josh Lowensohn/Flickr

    The Facebook Furor

    Jul 25, 2014 Esther Dyson explores the roots of public outrage over the social-networking site's psychological experiment.

  3. A User’s Guide to Conferences
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    A User’s Guide to Conferences

    Jun 27, 2014 Esther Dyson explains how organizers, speakers, and participants can benefit the most from industry meetings.

  4. The Private Sector’s Privacy Puzzle
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    The Private Sector’s Privacy Puzzle

    May 27, 2014 Esther Dyson explores when and why people are likely to share their data.

  5. The Great Global Bazaar

    The Great Global Bazaar

    Apr 23, 2014 Esther Dyson on the importance of an open mind and a willingness to wander off the beaten path.

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    A Hillbilly Elegy for Ukraine and the West

    Carl Bildt considers the disastrous implications of US vice-presidential nominee J.D. Vance’s worldview.
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    We Are All Biomass

    Slavoj Žižek sees our shared environmental predicament as a stronger basis for solidarity than appeals to compassion.
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    Mordecai Kurz on market power, Big Tech, antitrust, and more

    Mordecai Kurz explains how technology firms abuse patent law to establish and preserve monopolies, criticizes the US Supreme Court’s approach to market power, sheds light on the relationship between innovation and inequality, and more.
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    Biden Rejects the Drug of Power

    Nina L. Khrushcheva

    Joe Biden's decision to drop out of the presidential race reflects a humility that is far more likely to be found among democratic leaders than authoritarians. But as Donald Trump has shown – with his efforts to overturn the 2020 election and his vow to be a dictator “on day one” – such humility is never guaranteed.

    praises the US president for stepping aside to let a younger candidate take over.
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    Impunity for Authoritarians Fuels Political Violence

    Maciej Kisilowski explains why allowing corrupt leaders to evade justice can stoke public fear and discontent.
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    As Disinformation Thrives, Democracy Dies

    Nishant Lalwani, et al. argue that increased aid for independent media is necessary to defend press freedom in the developing world.
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    The Dead Hand of Neoliberalism Is Blocking Green Growth

    Laura Carvalho sees rich countries pursuing industrial strategies while poorer countries are prevented from following suit.
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    Will the Democrats Win After Biden’s Withdrawal?

    Richard Haass

    US President Joe Biden’s decision to drop out of the 2024 presidential race has revived the Democrats’ chances of victory. Given the profound differences between the two parties, it is difficult to exaggerate just how much is at stake when Americans vote this November.

    explains how the new Democratic nominee could get out from under the shadow of an unpopular president.
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    Middle East Peace and the US Election

    Bruce Ackerman sees the arrival of a moderate Iranian president as an electoral opportunity for the Democrats.

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