Brent Harris

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Outside Facebook's corporate headquarters in Menlo Park, California. Photo: Getty Images.

Earlier this year, Facebook presented its plans to create an ‘oversight board for content decisions’. According to its draft charter , the purpose of this body will be to determine how content should be governed and enforced on the platform. Brent – you have been involved in the initial phases of the board – could you tell us more about the strategy and why your company feels it must look beyond its internal structures to curate online content?

The goal of the board is to extend decision making beyond the company itself and beyond Silicon Valley and hear from a wide array of people, voices and experts who stand beyond those we usually talk to.…  Seguir leyendo »

A Coolant That Threatens to Heat Up the Climate

Gases found in air-conditioners, refrigerators and aerosols are among the biggest threats to our climate. Pound for pound, these hydrofluorocarbons, or HFCs, can be vastly more powerful for planetary warming than carbon dioxide. World leaders are in Vienna to discuss these pollutants and should agree on a plan to quickly replace them with safer alternatives.

HFCs are on track to contribute up to 10 percent of global greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. They have become widespread following the phaseout of another refrigerant and aerosol propellant, chlorofluorocarbons, under a 1987 climate treaty known as the Montreal Protocol. CFCs were rapidly depleting the planet’s ozone layer, which shields Earth from the sun’s dangerous ultraviolet radiation.…  Seguir leyendo »

Forest fires have been burning out of control across Indonesia for months, blanketing Palangkaraya in Central Kalimantan province and other parts of South-East Asia in smog. Credit Hugo Hudoyoko/European Pressphoto Agency

When President Obama welcomes President Joko Widodo of Indonesia on his first White House visit next week, he will have a valuable opportunity to help curb one of the world’s largest sources of carbon emissions.

Indonesia’s widespread conversion of peatlands and forests for logging and agricultural use has made the country one of the world’s biggest carbon polluters. Halting deforestation and preserving these natural areas, even partially, could decrease carbon dioxide emissions half a gigaton annually by 2030 — roughly the same reduction levels Mr. Obama has sought in the United States in updated fuel efficiency standards and power-plant regulations.

Washington has already incorporated climate issues into its dealings with Indonesia.…  Seguir leyendo »