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2017: The Year of Bits, Bots and Blockchains

ETC Group’s Irreverent Year in Review... again

The future has arrived — it’s just not evenly distributed yet.” —William Gibson, 1992

As the year careens to a close, summing up the trends, portends and hairpin bends of 2017 feels like a Pandora’s unboxing of mashed up dystopias. Call it technological convergence or the fourth industrial revolution, but the familiar cyberpunk themes of robotics, Artificial Intelligence and bioengineered economies are now becoming cyber-industrial fact.

Global Wins from Early Warnings

Seven key ETC victories from the first 40 years

It's usually the case at ETC that when we encounter success, we've usually already moved on to the next campaign. But in our 40th year, we decided to take a moment to celebrate by looking back at some of our favourite wins. We like them all, so they are presented here in roughly chronological order.

7. Seed Treaty

The 2040 Fund

Illuminating pathways out of the current mess

As 2017 draws to a close, we’re excited to announce our 2040 Fund. As technologies and corporate power gain critical mass, ETC’s contribution will shift from from fighting technologies one by one to defining the “positive possible” of the longer term, and illuminating pathways out of the current mess.

To make that possible, our goal is to build a base of donors to our 2040 fund who contribute an average of $20.40 per month. Want to be part of it? Click here to donate now.

Or read on to find out more.

Los archivos de los impulsores genéticos

Ejército de Estados Unidos, el principal inversionista. La Fundación Gates pagó US $1.6 millones para influir en decisiones de la ONU

WASHINGTON, D.C. —Más de 1,200 correos electrónicos publicados mediante una solicitud de libertad de acceso a información pública revelan que el Ejército de Estados Unidos es el principal inversionista, y quien más influye, en la controvertida tecnología de extinción genética conocida como “impulsores genéticos” (en inglés, gene drives) —en cuyas pruebas está invirtiendo unos $ 100 millones de dólares.

Mapping Geogengineering Projects

Interactive map from ETC Group and Heinrich Boell Foundation shows growth of climate control efforts

This interactive geoengineering map, prepared by ETC Group and the Heinrich Boell Foundation, is an attempt to shed light on the worldwide state of geoengineering by showing the scope of research and experimentation. There is no complete record of weather and climate control projects so this map is necessarily partial.

Mapa de los proyectos de geoingeniería

Un mapa interactivo del Grupo ETC y la Fundación Boell muestra dónde se busca desplegar la geoingeniería

Este mapa interactivo de geoingeniería, preparado por el Grupo ETC y la Fundación Boell es un intento por denunciar el estado mundial de la geoingenie´ria, mostrando el alcance de la investigación y experimentación. No existe registro completo de los proyectos de control climático y meteorológico, de modo que este mapa es necesariamente parcial. 

Who Will Feed Us? The Industrial Food Chain vs the Peasant Food Web

New report from ETC Group tells a shocking tale of two food systems

We are told that it is big agribusiness, with its flashy techno-fixes and financial clout, that will save the world from widespread hunger and malnutrition and help food systems weather the impacts of climate change. However, a new report from ETC Group shows that in fact, it is a diverse network of small-scale producers, dubbed the Peasant Food Web, that feeds 70% of the world, including the most hungry and marginalized people.

Guía para identificar los transgénicos de nueva generación en alimentos y cosméticos

Ahora en castellano: Guía para los consumidores sobre biología sintética


Los organismos genéticamente modificados (OGMs) han estado presentes en nuestra comida por 20 años, pero comenzaron a cambiar hace poco tiempo, pues las grandes corporaciones están interfiriendo con la naturaleza en formas nuevas y más riesgosas. Por ejemplo, pueden modificar ahora una especie (animal o vegetal) borrándole genes, desactivándolos o, incluso, creando secuencias de ADN enteramente nuevas en una computadora.