Security & Privacy Society The Internet

Why We’re Obsessed With Facebook

In 2016 Mark Zuckerberg famously stood on our stage and declared that the idea of fake news on Facebook influencing the election was "crazy." Techonomy from its founding has been closely attentive to Facebook and its impact. Here we chronicle the path that led to Zuckerberg's testimony to Congress this week. We've written numerous stories, hosted company executives on stage, and published important opinion from outsiders.   More

Bio & Life Sciences Community Insights

Happy 15th Birthday, Human Genome Project

This month marks the 15th anniversary of the completion of the Human Genome Project. While the main goal of the project has not been fully realized, we are closer than ever to reaching it. Meredith Salisbury walks us through the ongoing benefits.   More

Community Insights Healthcare Innovation

Wearables Are Nice, But Not Ready for Serious Healthcare

Wearable technologies have the potential to revolutionize health care—but to reap the benefits devices need to be more accurate, doctors need to be more receptive to using the data, and systems need to be deeply integrated.   More

Community Insights Healthcare Science

Is DNA Testing the New Life Hack?

Consumer DNA testing has great consumer appeal, but a nuanced understanding of how to put findings into context has been lost in some of the hype.   More

Bio & Life Sciences Q&A

Genomic Medicine’s Racial Inequality Problem: A Conversation with Malia Fullerton

The medical benefits of genomics go disproportionately to white people, while people of other ethnicities are more likely to receive inconclusive results because scientists don’t know enough about their genetic variation. We spoke with Malia Fullerton, a bioethicist and population genetics expert, about what can be done about it.   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

Media & Marketing Security & Privacy Society

Facebook, GDPR, and the Perils of Online Advertising

The revelations about how Cambridge Analytica exploited Facebook raise a host of questions about both companies. Most pressing for users of Facebook: its lack of oversight and transparency betray a company that seems to care more about its business partners than its users. The problem is not unique to Facebook.   More

Partner Insights

IBM Has Led In U.S. Patents for 25 Years: Five Lessons It Learned

Earlier this year, the United States Patent and Trademark Office announced that IBM was awarded more U.S. patents than any other company for the 25th consecutive year. We asked Manny Schecter, IBM’s Chief Patent Counsel, to explain some things the company has learned about managing intellectual property. This article was prepared in partnership with IBM.   More

Arts & Culture Media & Marketing

Techonomy@SXSW: Advocating for Quality Journalism

In a time when the integrity of the press is more important than ever, major organizations are taking steps to combat fake news and improve news literacy. This discussion from SXSW explores how brands and marketers can build more informed communities.   More

Artificial Intelligence Arts & Culture

Techonomy@SXSW: When AI Takes Over the Arts

Get a taste of SXSW with this discussion on the relationship between technology and the arts. It gets at the heart of what it means to be human -- and if that is, in fact, uniquely human. Will technology augment the creative process or replace it?   More

Business Security & Privacy

GDPR Will Expose Brands That Don’t Care About Their Customers

The scramble by companies everywhere to comply with Europe's General Data Protection Regulation has largely been about avoiding the risk of being fined. But instead, it should raise questions about what values companies apply to their interactions with customers.   More

Healthcare

An Aging Japan Inspires Next Generation MedTech

Japan is one of the oldest societies on earth-over 25 percent of its citizens are over 65-and most project that it will continue to age rapidly in the coming decades. As a result, MedTech entrepreneurs are developing innovative medical technologies designed specifically for eldercare.   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

Media & Marketing Partner Insights Q&A

How CNN Functions as a Digital Media Company

As part of Techonomy’s partnership with media company Turner, we are publishing a series of interviews with Turner executives. Meredith Artley spoke to Techonomy on digital overlap, tech and news, and Trump's inevitable domination of the news cycle.   More

Sponsored Content

Healthcare’s Next Wave: Follow the Data

There was a wide array of devices and services on display at this week's HIMSS conference in Las Vegas but data was the unifying theme — how to collect it, where to store it, how to share it, how to protect it, and how to make it actionable. The vision is expansive; the reality is fraught with challenges.   More

Community Insights Manufacturing Society

Supply Chain Gaps Can Make the Case for Blockchain

Despite the popular hype surrounding blockchain, it will likely be the humble blocking and tackling of supply chain management that proves the technology’s value to business. Tradeshift's Christopher Jablonski covers blockchain's potential benefit to business.   More

Techonomy Events

NY May Speakers: Janow, Lehmann, McChord, Stein, Sud, et al

Techonomy’s program for our New York conference on May 8th and 9th is progressing. Conversation will range across technologies, industries, strategies, public policy, and the state of human progress in this dizzying, confusing era.   More

Global Tech Security & Privacy

Cyber Vulnerabilities Threaten Kenya’s Vaunted Fintech

More than 75 percent of Kenyan citizens have access to financial services through mobile devices, increasing the risk of cybercrime and putting pressure on public and private stakeholders to invest more in cybersecurity.   More

5G Mobile

Mobile World Congress: Just 5G? Or 5G for Good?

Mobile World Congress covered 2.5 million square feet of exhibition space stretched across eight halls and was host to 110,000 visitors. The juxtaposition of commercial aspirations with calls for tech to be in service of a higher purpose underscored the complexity of the 5G opportunity and the need for thoughtful innovations across both worlds.   More

From the Magazine Society

“I was one of the lucky ones…”

In a satire on our tech-driven society, Simone Ross delves into the "what if" of a looming, apocalyptic future where life exists only in the Apple headquarters, and other tech enclaves. From the latest Techonomy Magazine   More