lunes, 25 de agosto de 2014

"Look Who´s Back", by Timur Vermes

Look Who's BackLook Who's Back by Timur Vermes
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Hitler's rise to power is usually study as an incomprehensible in a nation like Germany. Although it happened in the middle of the Great Depression, it is not fully understood how an advanced and cult people could be dragged to an spiral of terror and war. But could it happened again? Answering this question is one of the main reasons to open the book "Look who´s back !", which starting point is the reappearance of Hitler in Berlin in the year 2011.

At first sight, those who fear a resurge of fascism and racism in Europe could be soothed by the reaction of the German people. Hitler is seen as humorous element more appropriate for late-night TV shows that for mainstream politics. Nevertheless, the thoughts of the Fuhrer concerning the elements of our modern society should awake doubts among us. His ideas about how he could have used TV or Internet in his rise to power in the 30´s show us that we are more vulnerable than ever to the creation of a totalitarian state.

A book with different interpretations, not all of them pleasant.

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viernes, 22 de agosto de 2014

"Capital in the Twenty-First Century", by Thomas Piketty

Capital in the Twenty-First CenturyCapital in the Twenty-First Century by Thomas Piketty
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The books on Economics are usually hard to read. Either they are quite theorical or require previous knowledge on the matter. One of the bigger appeals of the book written by Picketty is that is both practical and does not require any special knowledge. On one hand, all the book is continuous reference to data from the past and the present and the theories of the author are validated against this data from the real world. On the other hand, all the concepts needed to understand the book are introduced in its due time at the same time you advance in its reading.

The main topic of the book is inequality. The author provides us with the evidence of a growing inequality in our XXI century society and at the same time try to find the reason for this phenomena and proposes solutions. His main source of wisdom is the past, the history of inequality since the XVIII century. The avalaibility of data since this period for some countries, mainly UK and France, is the linchpin of the book. As a consequence, it is not a surprise that the author defends the need for more transparency and data in order to fight inequality, in particular, and to have a better knowledge of the financial world and its flows, in general.

But besides inequality in our society, many other topics are put on the table by the author. Due to my personal interests, I find quite interesting the pages dedicated to explain the gaps in the Financial European System and its possible solutions. Other topics raised in examples to ilustrate the theories of the author, as the estimation of capital in tax havens or the funding of the Universities in USA, worth also a second reading.

To sum up, a must-read to understand our world and its economics.

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jueves, 7 de agosto de 2014

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OECD Recommendation on Digital Government Strategies

This Recommendation aims to support the development and implementation of digital government strategies that bring governments closer to citizens and businesses. It recognises that today’s technology is not only a strategic driver for improving public sector efficiency, but can also support effectiveness of policies and create more open, transparent, innovative, participatory and trustworthy governments.

The Global ISG Outsourcing Index

A yearly study of the IT Outsourcing market in the world.

Trusted Cloud Europe Survey - Assessment of Survey Responses

A survey on the Trusted Cloud Europe (TCE) report was launched on 21 March and ended on 2 May 2014. This report summarises the responses received in the survey to the key ideas on how cloud services can contribute towards a growing, sustainable digital economy.
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