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Tech combats pandemics; Russian election interference; Disney post-Iger

Nicholas Thompson, editor-in-chief of WIRED, discusses tech news:

What role does technology play in combating potential pandemics?

A huge one. Technology moves quickly. Pandemics move quickly. You need technology to map it, you need technology in your response, you need new technology to build new hospitals quickly. There's a new story this week that was interesting about Chinese doctors using A.I. to diagnose coronavirus. Yet another good use of technology to combat a pandemic.

How is Russia interfering in the Democratic primary?

Well, Russian bots have been messing with all kinds of social media and they're doing it to promote Bernie Sanders, it seems. Now, why would they do that? Well, I don't know. A. Maybe they want chaos and they think Sanders will cause chaos. B. Maybe they want Trump to win again and they think Sanders is most likely to lose. C. Maybe they actually think Sanders will have the most generous policies towards Russia. Or D. Maybe they actually think the news would break about them supporting Sanders, and that would hurt Sanders, and really they're worried that Sanders would be the strongest opponent to Trump. Basically, we don't know. My guess is it's probably A, they are probably trying to create chaos.

Is Bob Iger's resignation as CEO of Disney a sign of trouble for the company?

I don't think so. Disney is in pretty good shape. The announcement he made was pretty rational. What I don't understand is why it happened right now? It's possible something else is going on, something fishy. That would be a bad sign. But based on what we know right now, I think it's okay.

Empathy and listening are key to establishing harmonious relationships, as demonstrated by Callista Azogu, GM of Human Resources & Organization for Nigerian Agip Oil Company (NAOC), an Eni subsidiary in Abuja. "To build trust is very difficult. To destroy it is very easy," says Callista, whose busy days involve everything from personnel issues to union relationships. She sees great potential for her native Nigeria not only because of the country's natural resources, but because of its vibrant and creative people.

Learn more about Callista in this episode of Faces of Eni.

For the world's wealthiest nations, including the United States, the rollout of COVID-19 vaccine has been rocky, to say the least. And as a result, much of the developing world will have to wait even longer for their turn. Part of the challenge, World Bank President David Malpass says, is that "advanced economies have reserved a lot of the vaccine doses." Malpass sat down with Ian Bremmer recently to talk about what his organization is doing to try to keep millions around the world from slipping deeper into poverty during the pandemic. Their conversation was part of the latest episode of GZERO World.

Saturday will mark the beginning of an historic turning point for European politics as 1,001 voting members of Germany's Christian Democratic Union, the party of Chancellor Angela Merkel, hold an online conference to elect a new leader.

Here are the basic facts:

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For the first time in twenty years, extreme poverty around the world is growing. How does the developing world recover from a pandemic that has brought even the richest nations to their knees? David Malpass, the President of the World Bank, is tasked with answering that question. He joins Ian Bremmer on GZERO World to talk about how his organization is trying to keep the developing world from slipping further into poverty in the wake of a once-in-a-century pandemic.

Joe Biden wants to move into the White House, but the coast isn't clear. He may need some bleach.

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The GZERO World Podcast with Ian Bremmer. Listen now.


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