A Free Press is Vital in Countering Disinformation United Nations, May 3 2020 By Maya Plentz UNESCO, the United Nations Education, Scientific, and Cultural Organization, the UN agency that supports international cooperation through education, science, and culture,  marks the World Press Freedom Day today, on the 3rd of May. This year the theme is  Press…

ONU: Compartilhar Dados Para Avançar

By Maya Plentz “Dados precisos são centrais a boas políticas e tomadas de decisão. Obter e compartilhar dados entre centenas de organizações, no meio de uma emergência humanitária, é complicado e consome tempo – mas é absolutamente crucial.” Secretário Geral das Nações Unidas, António Guterres United Nations, January 24, 2020 – A tecnologia se tornou a…

How a Secure Cyberspace is Negotiated at the UN

By Maya Plentz United Nations, 24th February 2020 The United Nations Institute for Disarmament Research (UNIDIR), organized a talk with Ambassador Guilherme de Aguiar Patriota, the current Chair of the Government Group of Experts (GGE), and Ambassador Jürg Lauber, Permanent Representative of Switzerland to the UN, who leads the multi-stakeholder Open Ended Working Group (OEWG), to…

Tobias Vestner of the Geneva Center for Security Policy

Interview with Tobias Vestner, of the Geneva Center for Security Policy on the #DisarmApp – the companion app to the Guide to International Disarmament Law, launched in partnership with UNIDIR in preparation for the Conference in Disarmament that takes place at the UN in Geneva. #Innovation #StudyGuide @TheGCSP @mayaplentz  #Disarmament #UNTreaties #DisarmamentTreaties #DisarmApp #UN

UNESCO: ética e inteligência artificial

By Maya Plentz United Nations, 26th February 2020 – A Organização das Nações Unidas para a Educação, a Ciência e a Cultura (UNESCO) organiza esta semana, de 26 a 27 de fevereiro, na Costa Rica, um encontro internacional para combater a xenofobia na era da desinformação e da inteligência artificial (IA). Entrevistei o diretor do escritório…

WHO Fights Fake News on COVID-19

By Maya Plentz  United Nations, 4th February 2020 The World Health Organization (WHO) is holding its Executive Board meeting this week. They are also discussing the coronavirus outbreak. WHO is updating the press corps in Geneva daily on the ravages of the coronavirus. Dr. Sylvie Briand, who is the director of the Global Infectious Hazards Preparedness,…

UN Agencies Join Forces

By Maya Plentz   Twitter @MayaPlentz United Nations, November 12, 2018 —  Three UN agencies have launched a digital platform to streamline the application process and evaluation of partner NGOs. The United Nations Partnership Portal (UNPP), draws on the expertise of its multiple stakeholders, the World Food Programme (WFP), the UN Agency for Refugees (UNHCR),…

Horizon 2020

In October of 2016 Ms. Plentz Fagundes was appointed by the European Commission to the High Level Group of Experts to review the impact of Horizon 2020, the £80 Billion Framework Programme to fund Research and Innovation in the EU from 2014 to 2020.

A Life at the UN: Sergio Vieira de Mello

“We wanted to publish excerpts of his speeches because they must not be forgotten. Specially speeches about racism, about the functioning of the United Nations, about the Human Rights Commission.” Ms. Plentz Fagundes interviews Secretary General of Reporters Without Borders, George Gordon-Lennox, on his book about the late UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Sergio Vieira…

ONU: Direitos da Mulher

“Eu disse já em vários discursos, em várias declarações, que os direitos da mulher não são um capítulo na agenda dos direitos humanos, eles são um tema central. Porque? Em primeiro lugar porque a mulher representa mais de cinquenta por cento da população mundial. Mas em segundo lugar também porque, via de regra, esses direitos…

UNESCO: Ministro da Cultura Gilberto Gil

As iniciativas da UNESCO nesse campo, em termos internacionais, no sentido de incentivar programas nacionais de catalogação, de mapeamento, de registros, de tombamentos e etc. é uma iniciativa muito forte.

Horizon 2020: European Commission

In September 2016 the European Commission set up a High Level Group of experts, following a call for expression of interest to which over 350 candidates responded.  Ms. Plentz  was appointed by Commissioner Moedas to contribute her communications and innovation ecosystems’ expertise to the mid-term evaluation of H2020 and make recommendations for the new funding cycle, Horizon Europe.

In the context of the interim evaluation of Horizon 2020, the Group’s mandate was to provide recommendations on how to maximise the impact of the EU’s investment in research and innovation.  The group was chaired by Pascal Lamy, former World Trade Organization Director-General, former EU Trade Commissioner, and President Emeritus of the Jacques Delors Institute.

Meet the Investors

London, May 3rd 2015 “We are very proud to host another Tech Tastes Wine. We partnered with founder Maya Plentz a few months ago, impressed by the quality of the events and in particular the inspirational entrepreneurs she draws in. Plus, with all the start-up networking events happening in London, one that chose to focus on the…

Policy and the Internet of Things

By Maya Plentz Paris, December 2014 Day one at LeWeb, the digital conference founded by Loïc Le Meur, was about the increased adoption of wearables to track workers’ health stats, IoT generated data and its attendant issues of privacy and data ownership, and how 2015 will see the collaborative economy take off for good. At the “Crowd…

The Innovation Bug

By Maya Plentz When people ask me how come I am so interested in technology and innovation I tell them that is thanks to my father, Ayrton Fagundes, who taught me about tech, policy, and ethics in journalism. And Bloomberg TV of course, a complete immersion on a perfect digital newsroom. But my father was…