Bilderberg, which describes itself as an "annual three-day meeting designed to foster dialogue between Europe and North America," released its 2014 agenda and guest list today, Examiner has learned. According to its website, the meeting will be in Copenhagen, Denmark from Thursday until Sunday, June 1.
According to the group's press release, some of this year's topics include:
- Is the economic recovery sustainable?
- Who will pay for the demographics?
- Does privacy exist?
- How special is the relationship in intelligence sharing?
- Big shifts in technology and jobs.
- The future of democracy and the middle class trap.
- China’s political and economic outlook.
- The new architecture of the Middle East.
- What next for Europe?
- Current events.
Some U.S. participants include former National Security Agency Director Keith Alexander, former Central Intelligence Agency Director David Petraeus, LinkedIn Co-Founder Reid Hoffman, Henry Kissinger, Alcoa CEO Klaus Kleinfeld, and Microsoft's Craig Mundie.
Google's Eric Schmidt will attend again. Big data was a topic that Schmidt more-than-likely spoke about at last year's meeting. It took place before the Edward Snowden leaks showed what the government is doing with all that "big data." The CIA and the NSA won't be the only spy agencies in attendance, however, Britain's MI6 will be there as well.
It is widely believed that the Bilderberg set the agenda for the world, but according to its website: "Thanks to the private nature of the conference, the participants are not bound by the conventions of their office or by pre-agreed positions. As such, they can take time to listen, reflect and gather insights. There is no desired outcome, no resolutions are proposed, no votes are taken, and no policy statements are issued."