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Who’s Censoring Whom?

Posted October 7th, 2011 at 9:54 pm (UTC-4)
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And Why Digital Storage May Not Be Forever Doug Bernard | Washington DC Periodically we like to share a few of the stories and posts from across the web that caught our eye.  There are no editorial threads implied connecting these items together, other than being interesting. #1: Who’s Censoring Whom? The Brookings Institute think […]


Posted October 3rd, 2011 at 2:04 pm (UTC-4)

Can A Computer Do Your Job – And Does It Want To? Doug Bernard | Washington DC In 1949, writer Kurt Vonnegut saw something that amazed him.  Working at a General Electric plant, he noticed a large machine that cut the rotor blades for jet engines.  “This was a very expensive thing for a machinist […]

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The “Twitter Proletariat”

Posted September 20th, 2011 at 5:33 pm (UTC-4)
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Some Thoughts on What Social Media Can – and Can’t – Accomplish There aren’t many things one can rely on these days.  One of the few is finding something thoughtful, or provocative, or just plain interesting in Foreign Policy magazine. Now, before you discount this as little more than a plug from one journalist to […]

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“Ethical” Hacking

Posted September 1st, 2011 at 1:42 pm (UTC-4)

When a “Hack” Becomes a Virtual Sit-In Protest Correction: Sept 5th, 2011 I mistakenly identified Aatif Khan as being a part of the group “Anonymous India.”  He wrote my colleague Kate Woodsome to say that while he follows the activities of the group, “I am not a part of Anonymous India, And Moreover I do […]

Ending the Era of Jobs

Posted August 27th, 2011 at 2:02 pm (UTC-4)

What Steve Jobs has Meant for Apple, for Silicon Valley, and for Global Tech Steve jobs did not invent the portable stereo.  Long before the iPod, there was ‘Pressman’ – a creation of Kozo Ohsone, then general manager of the Tape Recorder division of Sony.  (‘Pressman’ became ‘Walkman in 1977.) Jobs also didn’t invent the […]

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Home In A Phone

Posted August 1st, 2011 at 2:00 pm (UTC-4)
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Teleconferencing In the Hmong Diaspora Anna Boiko-Weyrauch | Seattle, Washington   How do you interact with members of your community if they’re stretched across the world? Many people rely on the Internet, email and social media to communicate across borders.  But for many Hmong people – far from their ancestral home in Asia – teleconferencing […]

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Back For More Lulz?

Posted July 22nd, 2011 at 8:02 pm (UTC-4)
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And Spreading Malware Hits Big and Small Alike Periodically we like to share a few of the stories and posts from across the web that caught our eye.  There are no editorial threads implied connecting these items together, other than being interesting. #1: LulzSec vs. NewsCorp: After very publicly disbanding just a few weeks ago, […]

Lying Liars Online

Posted June 14th, 2011 at 5:05 pm (UTC-4)
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Old Questions About Truthfulness in the Internet Era Her name was Amina Abdallah Arraf al-Omani, Amina for short, and for several days she was headline news.   As author of the blog “A Gay Girl in Damascus,” Araf wrote about the conflicts of living as a U.S.-born lesbian in Syria.  But now she was part of […]

Who’s On Twitter?

Posted June 10th, 2011 at 6:07 pm (UTC-4)

Tweeting Isn’t Just For The Young – Or Rich Researchers at the Pew Internet and American Life Project have released their latest study of Twitter use in America.  Their focus: who’s joining and who’s tweeting.  The results may not be what you expect – and they’re already being challenged by Twitter’s CEO.  More on that […]

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Finding God Online

Posted June 9th, 2011 at 5:03 pm (UTC-4)

Has the Internet Made Finding Faith Easier, or More Difficult? Today I put a short prayer in the Western Wall. I also spent some time in a mosque studying the Muslim hadith with a group of students. Later, I plan on meditating at a buddhist temple. And all of this without ever leaving my desk.  […]

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