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EgyptAir Flight 804: clues to a tragedy
Karl D. Stephan | 25 May 2016
tags: air crashes, EgyptAir Flight 804, surveillance, technology, terrorism
People are the weak link in aircraft technology

Texas, of all places, shows how to lower carbon emissions
Karl D. Stephan | 11 May 2016
tags: carbon emissions, global warming, Texas, wind power
A state full of oil and gas is a wind-power leader.

Some dumb ideas about smart guns
Karl D. Stephan | 05 May 2016
tags: firearms deaths, gun violence, National Rifle Association, smart guns
Guns which can only be used by one person sound brilliant. So why doesn't anyone want to buy them?

Drone Delivers to Doorstep: What Next?
Karl D. Stephan | 31 March 2016
tags: drones, employment, engineering ethics, technology
The rapid advance of commercial drone technology.

Go figure
Karl D. Stephan | 23 March 2016
tags: artificial intelligence, Google
Is the defeat of a Korean Go champion by a computer the beginning of the end for humanity?

The encryption dilemma
Jeffrey Pawlick | 15 March 2016
tags: Apple, encryption, Facebook, privacy, security
The FBI wants the data on a terrorist’s iPhone, but does it really need Apple’s help?

Happy Friendship Day—Not
Karl D. Stephan | 14 March 2016
tags: Facebook, photos, technology
Facebook's recycling of old photos was a really dumb idea.

Hang him first, try him later
Michael Cook | 22 February 2016
tags: Australia, George Pell, sexual abuse
A media lynch mob is baying for the blood of Australia's leading Catholic bishop

There’s a new addiction on campus: Problematic Internet Use (PIU)
Susan M. Snyder , Wen Li and Jennifer E. O'Brien | 19 February 2016
tags: addiction, college, Internet use
A new study measures the impact of internet addiction on family relationships.

FBI to Apple: hack the shooter’s iPhone
Jeffrey Pawlick | 18 February 2016
tags: Apple, computer security, FBI, national security, privacy
Should technology companies compromise customers' privacy for the sake of national security?

Why we need to remember how to forget
Emma Smith | 04 February 2016
tags: art, creativity, memory, technology
Creativity needs a dustbin.

Modern technology: triumph or tragedy?
Karl D. Stephan | 07 December 2015
tags: engineering ethics, history of technology, progress, technology
Engineers sometimes get bad press, but where would we be without them?

Rolling back mass surveillance
Karl D. Stephan | 24 November 2015
tags: engineering ethics, Internet security, privacy, surveillance
Is it possible to regain privacy on the internet?

Arms control for cyberwarfare weapons
Karl D. Stephan | 03 November 2015
tags: engineering ethics, free speech, internet, spyware
The price of liberty is eternal vigilance.

Kids with smartphones: does the good outweigh the bad?
Karl D. Stephan | 30 October 2015
tags: children and technology, engineering ethics, family meals, smartphones
Not if they bring them to dinner.

Elite media ignore civilians killed by US drone strikes
Jeff Bachman | 29 October 2015
tags: drones, New York Times, Washington Post
The New York Times and Washington Post are reporting government claims uncritically.

Keeping the content machine whirring
Nathan J. Robinson | 08 October 2015
tags: media criticism, news media, writing
Breaking the cycle of thoughtless, inflammatory clickbait.

Confronting the dark side of the internet
Raphael Cohen-Almagor | 03 September 2015
tags: democracy, free speech, internet
Liberty without responsibility is a recipe for chaos, says an Israeli academic.

Best of enemies
Michael Cook | 21 August 2015
tags: film reviews, homosexuality, media ethics, same-sex marriage, USA
A documentary about the 1968 debate between William F. Buckley Jr and Gore Vidal reveals a lot about the media.

Tianjin tragedy: a painful lesson
Karl D. Stephan | 18 August 2015
tags: China, disasters, engineering ethics
Can we expect this horrific disaster to lead to any improvements in safety?

Kowtowing to Planned Parenthood
Michael Cook | 03 August 2015
tags: abortion, media, New York Times, Planned Parenthood, whistleblowers
What has happened to the crusading zeal of the New York Times?

I compute your pain
Karl D. Stephan | 27 July 2015
tags: face recognition, marketing, technology
Emotion-sensing face-recognition software could transform marketing.

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