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It’s All About Perspective

It’s All About Perspective

Last week, we were treated to one of the major conflicts of our time. It was not global superpowers at loggerheads, but rather the Internet, looking to skewer itself over the audio clip known as Yanny or Laurel. To me, the most fascinating part of this was not the...

Our Terms of Service Have Changed

Our Terms of Service Have Changed

The Facebook / Cambridge Analytica news has brought quite a bit of the unrealized or unspoken of the tech world into national consciousness. Collectively (and individually in some cases), we've been talking about data, privacy, and what we're willing to give up for...

We Don’t Need Smarter Technology

We Don’t Need Smarter Technology

We've certainly learned quite a bit about Facebook over the last few weeks, haven't we? What's becoming increasingly clear with every conversation, every question answered (or skirted), and every discovery is that data privacy and ownership are at the center of...

Social Networks and Human Nature

Social Networks and Human Nature

A controversial memo written by Facebook executive Andrew Bosworth memo – admittedly written to provoke a response – revealed the extent to which Facebook’s leadership understood the social risks inherent in the platform. "We connect people. Period. That’s why all the...

Damage Control

Damage Control

We initially meant to write about a study just released by the Pew Research Center that reported that a quarter of Americans are online almost constantly, coupled with an experiment by ABC News that showed what happens when kids have no screen time limits for 48...

Trust Matters

Trust Matters

There's no question that we live in a society in which information moves faster than ever before. So the old adage that "a lie is halfway around the world before the truth has a chance to put its pants on" is quite accurate. A recent study in Science found that false...

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