[Link] Criticism of the Gates Foundation

June 2015

A recent Vox article puts together some criticism of the Gates foundation. Their main points:

All in all, I find this moderately convincing. Gates should probably just shut up about IP law, and maybe work more in infrastructure, not just tech. But claiming they’re “misfinancing global health” based on the kind of superficial analysis in those Lancet articles is pretty BS.


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Paul Christiano

Why assume that Gates is being dumb on IP? It seems like he knows radically more than you or I do. Most of the claims and rhetoric in the linked article seemed pretty weak, so I’m not inclined to trust them on points I can’t assess myself. I don’t know any slam dunk arguments either way on the IP thing; should it be clear?

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