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Worth Reading

Welcome, President Biden. There’s Work to Do.

What we're reading this week: Along with fighting Covid, Biden will need to restrain Big Tech, manage China, and expand internet access. Facebook’s Oversight Board will review the decision to suspend Trump. And QAnon followers fall into crisis.   More

Finance Government Policy

What to Expect from Gensler’s SEC: “Not Everyone Is Going to Be Happy”

Reports that President Biden will appoint former CFTC chairman Gary Gensler to head the SEC might seem destined to send panic waves through the financial community, but reality is a little more nuanced.   More

Healthcare Innovation The Pandemic

Kinsa’s Thermometer Network: Crowdsourcing for Public Health

Kinsa Health makes a connected thermometer, now used in 2.5 million American homes. That innovation is more profoundly important than it initially appears, because the insights the network leads to offer a deep predictive view into public health.   More

Healthcare Innovation The Pandemic

Health Tech’s Role in Return to Normalcy

During this painful transition to “normal,” we have a lot to be optimistic about. Digital health experts from Roche Diagnostics and Quantum Materials Corp. explain.   More

Finance Healthcare

Mastercard CMO’s Prescription to Fix the US Health Care System

In a candid keynote address to the W2O Digital Health Summit last week, Mastercard Chief Marketing and Communications Officer Raja Rajamannar attacked the “horrors” of the U.S. healthcare system, which he labeled “unparalleled in the world.”   More

Net Giants Policy Techonomy Events

The Power of Big Tech: Where Does It Go From Here?

Twitter, Facebook, and a raft of digital platforms booted President Trump, his campaign, and many of his supporters in recent days. But should billionaire despots have such raw power? Three big tech experts gathered for a conversation on where we go from here.   More

Worth Reading

Dorsey’s Tweetstorm on the Failure to Police Online Discourse…and Other Stories

In a ‘tweetstorm’ Jack Dorsey said the Trump ban reflected ‘a failure’ to police online discourse. And that “over the long term it will be destructive to the noble purpose and ideals of the open internet.” Meanwhile, WIRED says There’s No Excuse to Ignore Warnings of Domestic Terrorism.   More

Innovation Tech & Society The Pandemic

Cleanliness is Next to Techieness at CES 2021

Walking through the all-digital CES proved there’s an awful lot of new tech that aims to keep us safer and more hygienic as we emerge from the pandemic. Here are just a few of the products showcasing tech-infused cleanliness.   More

Artificial Intelligence CDX Innovation

Untapped Aptitude – How Tech Helps Drive Disability Inclusion

Voice technologies – and AI in particular – provide unique new opportunities for workers with disabilities. A group of disability empowerment leaders are mapping out where we stand and where we might go.   More

Healthcare The Pandemic

Altered or Delayed Vaccine Dosing Could Create a Worse Pandemic

Political leaders have suggested giving half-doses or one dose instead of two to make COVID-19 vaccines stretch further. Here’s why scientists are freaking out.   More

Opinion

Can Business Lead the U.S. Back Towards Facts?

The country is split. Many don't even believe Biden was elected. But business can't function properly without truth. Why are so many business leaders speaking out about the election and the events of the week?   More

Media & Marketing Tech & Society

In 2021 Digital Communities Will Deepen–and Even Blend

Discord, Substack, Patreon, and the metaverse are just the tip of the community iceberg.   More

Finance The Pandemic

How COVID Did, and Didn’t, Change Fintech

The pandemic forced finance to pivot to contact-free customer acquisition and transactions. Breakneck growth followed for standalones like PayPal and many startups. COVID accelerated the entire sector.   More

Articles We Like

McNamee Says Platforms Must Pay for This Week…and Other Stories

Tech and the Capitol Riot, Communities Tackle the Digital Divide, AI Gets Surreal, and A Dose of Optimism for 2021. What we're reading this week.   More

Analytics & Data Business Community Insights

How Should Businesses Use Data in a “Post-Truth” World?

Why would a CEO reject information that she needs to make critical business decisions? And how do those of us who value data get past such rejection?   More

Government Tech & Society The Pandemic

Techonomy’s Topic of the Year: The Digital Divide. We’ve Got to Fix It.

The pandemic threw the digital divide into stark relief. In these sessions, you'll hear from leading experts on the many consequences of unequal access to broadband and strategies we can employ to fix this scandal.   More

Healthcare The Pandemic

Vaccination Nation: Digital Health Passports Will Be the Rage in 2021

COVID is forcing us to reimagine a digital immunization records. How we approach it may change how we control the virus, reinvigorate the economy, and open the world after lockdown.   More

Global Tech Tech & Society The Pandemic

The Year the World Finally Became Techonomic

Zooming from home, tech stock insanity, ceaseless digital transformation and even a new cyberwar–in 2020 tech finally landed decisively at the center of modern life. The world is forever altered.   More

Healthcare Innovation

Healthcare’s Disruption in 2020 Means Opportunity for 2021

With its back against the wall, healthcare rose up with agility, rapid learning, adaptiveness and experimentation. We'll all be better off because of it.   More

Cryptocurrency Finance

Five FINtech Predictions for 2021

Technology continues to overhaul how money changes hands around the world, and in many ways the COVID pandemic accelerated that development in 2020. What can the fintech world expect in 2021?   More