Bio & Life Sciences Healthcare Opinion

Why I Joined a Research Study — and You Should Too

In which our intrepid reporter gives her very blood to stay on the front lines of modern healthcare.   More

Government Opinion The Internet

Two Key Questions Zuckerberg Didn’t Answer

Mark Zuckerberg was interrogated this week by Recode's Kara Swisher, but the results were unsatisfying. The Facebook CEO does show growing contrition, but failed to answer two key questions that would help the world know if we have any hope of reducing the scourge of fake news and privacy violations that Facebook has helped engender.   More

Global Tech Government Opinion

Why Facebook Should Hire Barack Obama

Many of the company's ongoing crises result from an insufficient understanding of global politics and how Facebook changes it. Zuckerberg needs someone he'll listen to, like the 44th president of the United States.   More

Opinion Security & Privacy Society The Internet

Why Schrage Left Facebook

Elliot Schrage was a loyal and effective leader for Facebook, but his departure indicates significant shifts are underway at this so-controversial company. Watch who the next policy chief is to see if real change is likely.   More

Cities Opinion

Want to Change the World? Go Anywhere but Silicon Valley

Austin McChord built a tech unicorn in Norwalk, CT. He has two unconventional pieces of advice for those starting out in their careers.   More

Opinion Society Techonomy Events

T+E NYC Preview: Are Smartphones the New Cigarettes?

Our devices have overwhelmed us. In this preview of a session to be held at Techonomy NYC, an advocate for online safety argues that we need to develop new behavioral norms and self-discipline to curb our problematic digital habits.   More

Opinion Society The Internet

Why Facebook Fails at Creating Real Community

Facebook has created a lot of good in the world, and its mission remains admirable. But with its size, it has lost insight into its community--and it's ability to fulfill that mission.   More

Global Tech Government Opinion Security & Privacy

How the FTC Could Have Prevented the Facebook Mess

The FTC issued a 2011 consent order against Facebook to protect the privacy of user data. But the Commission never enforced the order, even as Facebook disregarded its provisions. If the order had been enforced, there would be no Cambridge Analytica story.   More

Artificial Intelligence Business Opinion

Confused by Artificial Intelligence and Blockchain? You’re Not Alone

In the first months of 2018, I’ve attended a lot of events, and they all had one thing in common.   More

Opinion Society

Why We Need More Techonomics
in 2018

Never in my adult lifetime has there been so much fear about what could go wrong. There are challenges, yes, but we are excited, not daunted by them.   More

Opinion Startup Culture The Internet

Mea Culpas, the Tech Backlash,
and You

The year ended in a flurry of heartfelt mea culpas and welcome I told you so ’s from tech industry veterans, a byproduct of the tech backlash that characterized the second half of 2017.
To which I say, apology accepted.  Now what?   More

Government Opinion Society

We Lost on Net Neutrality. We Have a Bigger Problem.

Concerned about the FCC's net neutrality ruling? Many of the very things neutrality advocates most feared are already happening on Google and Facebook. Where's the activism?   More

Healthcare Opinion

Why Isn’t America’s Healthcare Debate about Health?

Why aren't "reformers" talking about making Americans healthier rather than taking a stilted, partisan approach to "healthcare reform"? Writer Meredith Salisbury says we are not asking some basic questions about U.S. insurance and policy. We've got to start.   More

Opinion

We Should Rename “Artificial Intelligence” (A Modest Proposal)

"Artificial Intelligence" is phrase of the year, yet the term is widely called misleading. And it's ridiculed by industry CEOs. But what can we use instead? "Augmented intelligence"? "Intelligence amplification"? We have a proposal that points beyond flat-footed notions towards the positive future we still believe in.   More

Business Opinion

Zuckerberg is Changing—Can Facebook Catch Up?

Building communities is hard. Mark Zuckerberg now wants Facebook to deliberately do more of it and to "bring the world closer together." But Yatish Rajawat of India's LocalCircles has actually been managing online purpose-based communities, and learned difficult lessons in the process. Is Facebook really ready to follow its leader?   More

Global Tech Internet of Things Opinion

Traversing Europe’s Stellar Tech Firmament

Chief Techonomist David Kirkpatrick was blown away by Europe's energy and tech creativeness on a recent swing, both by how good the conferences were and by the importance of the digital revelations he had. Self-flying cars, anyone?   More

Jobs Opinion

Ladies, Consider a Career in Science

American women have made tremendous strides in science—in some areas they earn half of all doctorate degrees. But women remain at a significant disadvantage to men on a host of metrics, such as likelihood to win federal funding. The perception that science isn’t cool for girls remains rampant in grade schools. But we too often focus only on certain archetypes, when in fact myriad career paths are available. So let's celebrate International Day of Women and Girls in Science, Saturday February 11.   More

Government Opinion Society

Reflections from Ross: How Rough Will it Get?

On the Saturday after the inauguration I saw a ray of light. Was the Women’s March the start of a new movement or the evolution of existing, long-standing movements? I have no idea, but our social fabric is being ripped apart. So now what? We need to get better at listening to those removed from our bubbles. We need to figure out how to ensure the benefits of tech and globalization are more evenly distributed. We need to participate.   More

Opinion The Internet

Your Newsfeed is not “The Internet”

We now have “fake” fake news and “real” fake news… and as of this weekend, “alternative facts.” The World Wide Web of today no longer exhibits the youthful innocence that it once did. Facebook and Twitter are not responsible for sheltering you from false information. You are.   More

Government Opinion Society

The Short-Term Triumph of Short-Termism

Technology is rapidly changing every sector of the economy, as well as the nature of warfare. President-elect Donald Trump doesn't seem to get it. But if you lack a sense of the role of tech, you will only be operating for the short-term.   More