Bono fights poverty, ex-Harvard head takes on Winklevoss twins at tech talk

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Bono and David McWilliams at F.ounders in Dublin yesterday, which brings together 200 founders of the worlds most influential tech companies.Photograph: Dave Meehan


SOME OF the world’s top technology entrepreneurs mixed with well-known names in Dublin’s Mansion House yesterday as the F.ounders conference began.

Bono addressed the gathering as the co-founder of charity One International, an organisation that fights extreme poverty and preventable disease. He compared aid for struggling economies to start-up funding, and said One wants to be the NRA [National Rifle Assocation] of the world’s poor. “It’s much feared but well organised,” he said.

Bono appeared on stage with One executive director Jamie Drummond to discuss the campaign and how technology has helped empower people. “The 21st century began last year in Tahrir Square, where the model of power over the millennia – the pyramid – was inverted. You have this incredible thing that technologists have known for years: the network effect,” he said. “Received wisdom is not going over very well. Everything has changed … The more of it that is available, the easier our job.”

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