Archiv: commerce / commercialization


15.02.2019 - 05:26 [ Techdirt ]

Study Reinforces How Much The Internet Has Enabled Content Creators To Make Money

So, from a policy standpoint, are we trying to enable everyone to be creative — and maybe make some money from their creativity — or are we trying to set up gatekeepers who pick and choose a few small winners and send everyone else home. Perhaps there’s a legitimate policy argument for the latter position, but it’s a pretty blatant lie that those pushing for such a world are „supporting creators.“ They are not. They are supporting a small class of creators — but mainly they are supporting the gatekeepers. A policy that truly encourages overall creativity is one that creates platforms that enable anyone to create, to share, to distribute and to make some money from their creations (if they want to try to do so, and there’s a reasonable market for it).

01.02.2019 - 10:07 [ CNBC ]

Japan, EU sign trade deal to eliminate nearly all tariffs

(17.7.2018) Tusk praised the deal as “the largest bilateral trade deal ever.” He said the partnership is being strengthened in various other areas, including defense, climate change and human exchange, and is “sending a clear message” against protectionism.

01.02.2019 - 10:01 [ Bart-Jaap Verbeek / Twitter ]

Today the @Europarl_EN ratified the EU-Japan 🇪🇺🇯🇵 trade deal #JEFTA, which will enter into force on 1 Feb. It is Europe’s biggest deal, covering 635 million people and almost 1/3 of global GDP, and creates a massive expansion of markets

(12.12.2018)

01.02.2019 - 09:50 [ Xinhua ]

China-U.S. trade talks make important progress for current stage, says Chinese delegation

Guided by the important consensus reached by the two countries‘ heads of state in Argentina, the two sides discussed the topics of trade balance, technology transfer, protection of intellectual property rights (IPR), non-tariff barriers, service sector, agriculture and enforcement mechanism, as well as certain issues of particular concern for the Chinese side.

01.02.2019 - 09:32 [ theGuardian ]

Trump hails China trade talks progress and says he will meet Xi Jinping soon

Trump, speaking at the White House on Thursday during a meeting with Chinese vice premier Liu He, said he was optimistic the world’s two largest economies could reach “the biggest deal ever made”.

No specific plans for a meeting with Xi were announced, but Trump said there could be more than one meeting. US trade representative Robert Lighthizer and Treasury secretary Steven Mnuchin were invited to bring a negotiating team to Beijing in mid-February, with dates still pending.

01.12.2018 - 14:35 [ Caitlin Johnstone / Medium.com ]

There Is A Lucrative Espionage Industry For Covering Up The Crimes Of The Rich

(7.11.2017) It’s stupid to think that Kroll and Black Cube are the only ones trying to offer the wealthy these services, and it’s stupid to think that Weinstein is the only rich asshole using such services to cover up his personal evils. Weinstein got caught because he happens to have a fetish for women of means, who became wealthy themselves and who can with enough effort can get their voices heard. Imagine crossing a wealthy person and not having such means at your disposal. This has doubtless happened to countless people.

12.11.2018 - 13:31 [ bigthink.com ]

NASA unveils new goals for Moon, Mars, including space privatization ​

(1.10.2018) These certainly mean more dollars headed toward research and development; while the original Apollo and other missions were government-funded and ultimately fell under the purview of the military (indeed, one of the primary stated goals of the Gemini and Apollo programs was to lessen the „Missile gap“ between the United States and the Soviet Union), this new concept relies heavily on private investment, corporate involvement and funding, and the eventual mining and financial rewards of „exploration and use“ of the lunar and Mars surfaces.

12.11.2018 - 13:25 [ investors.com ]

Space Station May Be Stranded; Here’s When U.S. Rockets Can Get There

(11.10.2018) Russia grounded all space flights after a Soyuz rocket failure Thursday, putting the International Space Station at risk and adding pressure on Boeing (BA) and SpaceX to get their rockets ready for NASA service.

12.11.2018 - 13:22 [ Space.com ]

Soyuz Rocket’s Launch-Abort Close Call Highlights Poor Space-Policy Decisions (Op-Ed)

(16.10.2018) One of the cornerstones of the current space policy is to somehow „privatize“ or „commercialize“ the ISS by 2024-2025 and to use the „savings“ from that privatization to help fund the program. The idea of operating the ISS profitably is so preposterous that I don’t feel a need to comment further here. Besides, from where is the funding to come before 2024-2025?

What this look back shows is consistently poor policy decisions going back at least 14 years. What will happen to NASA and U.S. spaceflight in the coming years?

12.11.2018 - 13:16 [ interestingengineering.com ]

China Fails First Attempt at Privatized Satellite Launch

(30.10.2018) A Beijing-based company called Landspace built the ill-fated three-stage rocket known as the Zhuque-1. The company took to a short blog post to admit the first and second stages of the craft did not reach orbit due to the third stage’s failure.

“Before Zhuque carrier rocket was launched, its mission was already completed,” the company said in the post on Saturday. However, the company didn’t give out more details about the mishap.

12.11.2018 - 13:07 [ Mary Lynne Dittmar, Ph.D., CEO Coalition Deep Space Exploration; @NASA advisor / Twitter ]

This circulated at @Boeing @NASA and #USA back when I was on @Space_Station Program. I left #ISS in 2002 and it was well before that – late ‘90’s? – but do not know the source. My recollection is it emerged as “commentary” during discussions re: Shuttle privatization.

(4.9.2018)

12.11.2018 - 12:52 [ investors.com ]

How The International Space Station Could Operate Commercially

(14.3.2018) Printing organs for people on the transplant list could be a viable ISS business too. Sometime this year, Techshot will send up its 3D space biofabrication lab to the ISS to test organ printing in microgravity.

Currently, stomachs and other pliable organs can be printed on earth with the help of a supporting structure. However, a more complex organ like a heart can’t be printed because it would be damaged by gravity when the support scaffolding is removed.

Copeland also said that stem cells have been developed faster in microgravity vs. on earth.

12.11.2018 - 12:37 [ Vox.com ]

NASA’s leader wants to privatize the International Space Station. It’s a remarkably terrible idea.

(9.6.2018) Since taking office as NASA’s administrator in April, Jim Bridenstine (previously a member of Congress from Oklahoma with no scientific background) has pushed this scheme, most recently in an interview this week with the Washington Post.

12.11.2018 - 12:31 [ Washington Post ]

NASA’s new administrator says he’s talking to companies about taking over operations of the International Space Station

(5.6.2018) “We’re in a position now where there are people out there that can do commercial management of the International Space Station,” Bridenstine said in his first extensive interview since being sworn in as NASA administrator in April. “I’ve talked to many large corporations that are interested in getting involved in that through a consortium, if you will.”

21.08.2018 - 18:51 [ TaskAndPurpose.com ]

Don’t Let Erik Prince Anywhere Near The War In Afghanistan

NBC News reported on Friday that Prince, founder of notorious private security company Blackwater and brother of current Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, is once again pushing to effectively privatize the U.S. military campaign in Afghanistan.

Prince’s plan to take over the Forever War isn’t new.

21.08.2018 - 18:48 [ Sean McFate / Politico ]

I Was a Mercenary. Trust Me: Erik Prince’s Plan Is Garbage.

(31.8.2017) Mercenaries are back, a dangerous trend occurring in the shadows. Their very lack of accountability is their main selling point; they offer plausible deniability and brute force to those too weak or squeamish to wage war. Customers are buying too, with mercenary proliferation in Afghanistan, Congo, Iraq, Nigeria, Somalia, Syria, Ukraine and Yemen. Clients include countries, extractive industry and even terrorists. This trend may one day alter international relations: When anyone can rent a military, then super-rich and large corporations can become a new kind of superpower. Worse, mercenaries can start and elongate conflicts for profit, breeding endless war. A world with more mercenaries means a world with more war, which is why Prince’s proposal is so dangerous.

21.08.2018 - 18:21 [ businessinsider.com ]

Blackwater founder Erik Prince is pushing to privatize America’s costly war in Afghanistan — and going on cable TV to persuade Trump

Between 2001 and 2017, the US spent an estimated $714 billion on a war that many observers argue America is still far from winning, Task & Purpose reported last August. Prince intends to privatize the conflict to reduce US manpower in the country and ultimately reduce spending.

Prince’s plan would see troops replaced with private military contractors who work for a special envoy that reports directly to the president.

21.07.2018 - 04:44 [ UzDaily ]

The Presidential Fund for Commercialization of Scientific and Technical-Scientific Activities to be established in Uzbekistan

Uzbek President instructed the Ministry of Innovative Development jointly with the Academy of Sciences, the Ministry of Finance and the Reconstruction and Development Fund to submit a draft decision of the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan on the creation of the Presidential Fund for the Commercialization of Scientific, Technical and Scientific Results.

11.05.2018 - 15:02 [ Dallas News ]

Ted Cruz calls Trump effort to phase out International Space Station ‚irresponsible‘

Despite his resistance to Trump’s plans for the space station, Cruz has been a supporter of commercializing space efforts since taking over the Commerce Committee panel that deals with NASA.

On Tuesday, he said that efforts to reach Mars can’t only be done with government dollars. Instead, he argued, Washington should fund NASA while also incentivizing the private sector to expand investments in space.