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World Bank launches world-first blockchain bond


SYDNEY - The World Bank has priced the world’s first public bond created and managed using only blockchain in a A$100 million ($73.16 million) deal designed to test how the technology might improve decades-old bond sales practices.

Students of Laboratoria, a Peru-based nonprofit that trains young women from low-income backgrounds to become software developers in the tech sector. Photo by: Laboratoria

Silicon Valley's role in shifting the education sector from access to outcomes


SAN FRANCISCO — There has been a growing emphasis on the need to frame success in education around learning rather than attendance. But if you ask some entrepreneurs and investors in Silicon Valley, there is still too much emphasis on butts in seats, and not enough attention paid to whether kids are learning.

Illustration by Matt Murphy appearing in The Economist article "The workplace of the future"

AI-spy: The workplace of the future


As artificial intelligence pushes beyond the tech industry, work could become fairer—or more oppressive

A view of the plenary session at the 6th Africa CEO Forum

Africa's leading private sector investment conference kicks off in Abidjan


ABIDJAN — Transforming Africa — and how to effectively do so in a digital era — shaped panel discussions and sideline debates during the opening day of the sixth annual Africa CEO Forum, the continent’s premier private sector conference, which kicked off Monday in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire.

The assembly line at the General Motors plant in Lansing, Mich.

Trump Secures Trade Deal With South Korea Ahead of Nuclear Talks


WASHINGTON — President Trump scored his first significant trade deal this week, securing a pact with South Korea that represents the type of one-on-one agreement that Mr. Trump says makes the best sense for American companies and workers.