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…

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, 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 discuss issues…

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,…

UK Funding and STEM Research

By Maya Plentz Watch Dr. Rachel Oliver, Professor of Material Science, University of Cambridge, at the UK Parliament, speaking to the Science and Technology Commission, where she makes a request for review of UK funding mechanisms for #Research and #Innovation, to uncover biases that prevent women and minorities to access said funds. UK House of…

Venture Capital Funding

Speech delivered at the World Summit on the Information Society organized under the auspices of the UN agency for telecommunications, ITU, and UNESCO  Geneva, 10thApril 2019 Follow me on Twitter @MayaPlentz  By Maya Plentz We have seen businesses all over the globe reckon with issues of accountability in the year 2018. It is great that so many…

Geneva, 10 April 2019 By Aida Mahmutović Ms Sarah Clatterbuck (Director of Engineering, YouTube-Google) said that without representation of women, technology is developed with gender bias which has grave implications for women in society. Biases are shown in artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning. AI has shown that facial recognition has a 1% error rate for…

Business Insider UK Tech 100

London, January 2016 By Maya Plentz Business Insider UK celebrated London’s tech with a list of its 100 top influencers.   This is the second year that the American business, celebrity,  and tech news website publishes the list.  Last year there were only 50 on the list.  2016 brings that number to 100. And while there…

Women and Venture Capital

Geneva, 2018 By Maya Plentz In 2016, only 7% of the partners in venture capital firms in the US were women, and just 1.9% of venture capital funding went to female founders. How can we change this landscape? There was a little bit of progress in 2017, reported an article by Fortune magazine: “all-women teams…

Research and Innovation

Geneva, Switzerland / March 2018 Speech delivered at the 2018 World Summit on the Information Society organized under the auspices of the UN agency for telecommunications (ITU) and UNESCO. By Maya Plentz  How to make sure women receive public funds for research? We must make sure that rather than simply voicing our outrage on social…

Carlos Moedas on Horizon Europe

“Horizon 2020 was around €77 billion. If you subtract the United Kingdom, because the United Kingdom was a big part of the programme, that would be €67 billion. And today the programme we are putting forward is €100 billion. €100 billion for 27 countries compared with €67 billion for 27 countries. You are talking about the biggest increase in absolute amounts ever.”

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),…

Gender and Research Funding

Link to my speech at the WSIS High Level Policy panel, at ITU Headquarters in 2018 WSIS Forum: Link to talk at the World Summit on the Information Society  Forum 2017 Twitter Moments ⚡️World Summit on the Information Society here ITU 2018  This is the link to my speech / policy statement at the 2018 WSISI Forum, High-Level Policy Session…