RESPONSIBLE LOANS: Adopted principles of debt transparency are a step in the right direction for sustainable and legal lending to vulnerable low-income countries. Norway should take the lead as a responsible lender and investor.
ORIENTERING 22. FEBRUARY 1969 Iron Mountain's report is a frightening satire that strikes American social science and the armor industry. The research report is a fictitious document showing what would happen if peace broke, and concludes in a sober scientific language that war is a necessity for our social system. In this way, the book – which has now come in Norwegian as the Fakkel book from Gyldendal – can also be read as a shocking revelation of habit thinking and war preparations. The Danish author Carl Scharnberg chooses to read the book as an authentic and serious document and gives in this chronicle a summary of the "research results".
Cryptoanarchists around the world are developing "bitnations" – virtual communities based on blockchain. New Time met Bitnation's founder, Susanne Tarkowski Tempelhof. What drives her to create such online communities?
Swedish startup company Cinezen Blockchained Entertainment paves the way for the first worldwide agreements on Video on Demand (VOD) services, which use blockchain technology to secure and simplify cryptocurrency payments.
In many ways, the world is becoming a better place to be, for more and more people. According to Professor at the Copenhagen Business School, Bjørn Lomborg, we can thank broad economic growth for this.
Full 100-page MODERN TIMES including the appendix Orientering and Modern Times Review comes out quarterly in early March, June, September and December) with international book reviews (non-fiction) and comments / essays. According to the physical newspaper (and PDF), the articles are published regularly online (see the newsletters).