Blockchain technology trialled to tackle slavery in the fishing industry | Guardian Sustainable Business | The Guardian

English: The model shows institutions and mark...

English: The model shows institutions and market as a possible form of organization to coordinate economic transactions. When the external transaction costs are higher than the internal transaction costs, the company will grow. If the internal transaction costs are higher than the external transaction costs the company will be downsized by outsourcing, for example. Deutsch: Die Darstellung zeigt ausgehend von der Transaktionskostentheorie die Begründung für die Existenz von Unternehmen. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

This Guardian article is a recommended read. It reports that technology could be used to differentiate fish caught sustainably to those caught illegally, or linked to human rights abuses.

Source: Blockchain technology trialled to tackle slavery in the fishing industry | Guardian Sustainable Business | The Guardian

It describes blockchain technology which will provide cost effective traceability to the food industry. This will replace costly systems, reduce transaction costs and improve product quality. Bring it on!

Thoughts?

Why education is the key to integrating refugees in Europe – Agenda – The World Economic Forum

English: Official logo of the World Economic F...

English: Official logo of the World Economic Forum. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

In this WEF article, Christian Bodewig discusses the importance of education in the integration of refugees in Europe.

Source: Why education is the key to integrating refugees in Europe – Agenda – The World Economic Forum

As a passionate believer in the benefits of education, I go along with the broad thrust of this article. But I question the political dynamics of the proposal.

In many countries, especially Anglo-Saxon, we are seeing a growing gap between the privileged and the rest of society. The privileged get top-tier education and through family networks, doors open and opportunities are provided. Increasingly, ordinary people, especially minorities, struggle against glass ceilings. In some countries, we have seen positive discrimination a favor of minorities.

If I understand the article correctly, it is talking about giving refugees special education status, so is this positive discrimination and queue jumping ahead of other minorities?

Thoughts?