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2024 EU Elections: A Reality Check for the Green Deal?

October 11, 2023
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APCO Voices at COP28: Our Key Takeaways

December 19, 2023
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Navigating the Ethical Frontier: APCO’s Commitment to Responsible AI Leadership

In the vanguard of ethical information technology (IT), the term “responsibility” resonates with profound significance for chief information officers (CIOs). As the guardians of an organization’s most sensitive assets—data, systems and technologies—CIOs bear the mantle of ensuring that IT resources are utilized with integrity, legality, foresight and justifiability. ...

June 14, 2024 / Philip Fraser
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Looking Ahead to the Third Plenum

Originally expected to take place in the last quarter of 2023, the highly-anticipated third plenum will likely introduce important updates to China’s reform agenda. The heightened interest in the meeting also stems from the confluence of challenges the country is currently facing, ranging from intensifying geopolitical tensions to its slowing growth momentum....

June 14, 2024 / Sally Xu, Zhaohong Liu
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Why Perseverance Is at the Center of Pride in 2024

In a time of targeted harassment and anti-LGBTQ+ legislation, the Proud@APCO employee resource group (ERG) has chosen “Pride Perseveres” as our theme for this year’s Pride Month. To persevere and display strength and resilience in the face of the assault on our community speaks to the foundation of Pride— an uprising against legalized harassment and discrimination....

June 11, 2024
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After 10 Years, India Enters the Era of Coalition Government: A Deep Dive Into India’s Dynamic and Changing Political Landscape

While there was no visible wave in favor of any political party, India’s general elections did spring a surprise by bringing in a coalition government in power after a decade-long gap. The ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, lost its parliamentary majority as it was unable to muster enough seats, falling short for the first time since 2014. ...

June 10, 2024 / Aditi Ananthanarayanan
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Navigating Corporate Responsibility in the Age of AI

Artificial intelligence (AI) has proven to be a useful tool applicable to every industry. Companies are using AI to optimize their operations, enhance productivity and drive operational efficiency. However, amidst its promise lies a complex and evolving landscape characterized by ethical dilemmas and uncertainties.  ...

June 7, 2024 / Jordan Sarver
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Living Outside the Binary: How Queer Communities Can Leverage AI

In 2017, a Stanford study claimed that artificial intelligence (AI) could determine sexual orientation solely from facial images, which was swiftly criticized by LGBTQ+ advocacy groups as part of a larger conversation around data privacy and ethical uses of AI. While an idealistic goal of AI may be to eradicate human biases and uplift marginalized communities in theory, the data training the AI is often biased. But AI tools could be a potential boon to LGBTQ+ health, education and advocacy if understood and used correctly—AI can serve as a tool for counter bias and equity for the queer community.  ...

June 4, 2024 / Garrett Ferguson
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Navigating EU-China Relations After the European Elections

Between June 6-9, European Union (EU) citizens will vote for their representatives in the 720-seat European Parliament for the upcoming five-year term. The outcome of these elections will shape the EU’s policy toward China during this period, with the political balance in Parliament and the next European Commission deciding on future China-related legislation. Having a clear understanding of the potential impact of the elections on EU-China relations will help businesses operating across these two markets anticipate risks and spot opportunities. ...

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Multilingual, Not Monolithic: Why Diverse Language Data Matters for Generative AI

Much attention is being paid to generative artificial intelligence (AI) as its prevalence and capabilities grow. Accordingly, generative AI is increasingly being integrated into office workflows: nearly two-thirds of office workers currently use generative AI at work or plan to. While many companies opt for commercial models like Anthropic’s Claude or OpenAI’s ChatGPT, more companies are increasingly developing proprietary generative AI models to meet their specific business needs. To harness the full potential benefits of these AI tools, companies must prioritize training their models on data from a range of languages.  ...

June 3, 2024
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Transforming Across Cultures

Executives in regional and global roles will almost inevitably encounter a situation that requires substantial transformation spanning diverse cultures and business units. When done well, these endeavors can deliver significant returns to the bottom line and for the reputation of those leading the change. But they’re also fraught with complexities and challenges, and the journey is anything but straightforward....

May 30, 2024 / Dale Vieregge
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The Four-Day Workweek: What Business Leaders Need to Know

Major changes in our society and culture can take a long time. This is especially true when it comes to major and/or new legislation that will have a wide impact on our society. Such is the case within our current debate about changing the workweek to four days per week. Before anyone cheers, panics or sketches plans for implementation, it’s worth reviewing the forces driving the current conversation and some background on how we arrived at our workweek’s current 40-hour/5-day structure. ...