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All wired up: the contraceptive chip
Karl D. Stephan | 15 July 2014 |
tags: birth control, contraception, internet, privacy
The Gates Foundation has funded an implantable device which can be controlled remotely.


The robot says you flunked
Karl D. Stephan | 08 July 2014 |
tags: computers, education, MOOCs
Let's hope that people who say there's no difference between machines and people don't end up running the machines.


Digital clones: coming to a hologram near you
Karl D. Stephan | 13 May 2014 |
tags: digital images, movies
What are the ethics of creating life-like images of human forms?


Do citizens have the right to control their data on the web?
Norberto Gonzalez Gaitano | 17 March 2014 |
tags: big data, privacy
Europe and America prepare to regulate the use of big data.


Radio Shack: thanks for all the memories
Karl D. Stephan | 14 March 2014 |
tags: education, engineering, RadioShack, technology
One of America's greatest engineering schools is fading away.


You can’t see the doctor: he’s checking boxes right now
Karl D. Stephan | 04 March 2014 |
tags: electronic medical record, electronic records, engineering
Imposing the heavy hand of the Federal government is not the way to enforce uniform standards.


Facebook’s ‘look back’ is marketing in mufti
Paul Harrison and Michaela Jackson | 17 February 2014 |
tags: Facebook, marketing, social media
It's designed to make us think that the product is an essential part of everyday life.


Swimming against the click-stream
David D. Judson | 10 February 2014 |
tags: media, media ethics, Stratfor
The editor-in-chief of Stratfor explains how the media ecosystem works.


The cloudy future
Karl D. Stephan | 04 February 2014 |
tags: cloud, internet, privacy, surveillance
The big technology companies are forcing us into the Cloud, whether we like it or not.


Bored? Don’t worry, it might be the start of something brilliant
Ian H Robertson | 28 January 2014 |
tags: boredom, information technology, psychology
Boredom has a purpose - it signals that you are searching for new goals.


The sinner repents?
Peter Smith | 29 December 2013 |
tags: book reviews, British politics, media, spin doctors
A warts-and-all tale of one of Britain's legendary spin-doctors, Damian McBride, the press officer to Gordon Brown.


The pick of 2013
Michael Cook | 23 December 2013 |
tags: best of, lists, MercatorNet
Read. Reread. Comment. Share. Enjoy. Holiday reading at its best!


The internet after Snowden: what now?
Giovanni Navarria | 12 December 2013 |
tags: Edward Snowden, internet, privacy, surveillance
How can private citizens protect their privacy if intelligence agencies are able to track on-line activity of "anyone, anywhere, anytime"?


Don’t read over his shoulder. It’s basic cell phone etiquette
Karl D. Stephan | 10 December 2013 |
tags: cell phones, civility, etiquette, technology
The boundary between public and private is getting fuzzy


Lessons from Sandy Hook
Rick Fitzgibbons | 03 December 2013 |
tags: gun control, Sandy Hook school shootings, video games
A government report on a school shooting in which six adults and 20 children died fails to establish a motive.


Is the dream of free online university education fading?
Jason Lodge | 22 November 2013 |
tags: education, internet, MOOCs
The head of the biggest online education provider now says that it is a "lousy product".


Safe in our cyber silos
David Zaruk | 07 November 2013 |
tags: confirmation bias, Monsanto, social media
Social media were supposed to open us to a larger world, but are they closing our minds?


Twitter feeds a new journalism
John Jewell | 06 November 2013 |
tags: media, Twitter
Love it or loathe it, Twitter has transformed the way news is gathered and consumed.


Is Edward Snowden an enemy of the people?
Randal Marlin | 04 November 2013 |
tags: Edward Snowden, propaganda, social media
Official propaganda is alive and well and busy intimidating truth-tellers, says an expert on the subject.


The prophet of Silicon Valley
Egil Asprem | 06 October 2013 |
tags: New Age, Ray Kurzweil, Singularity, spirituality, transhumanism
One of the tech industry's most revered figures is a leading light in the transhumanist movement.


In praise of honest work
Karl D. Stephan | 25 September 2013 |
tags: anthropology, unemployment, work
If we believed in the honour of work, employment would take care of itself.


The perils of multitasking
Richard Gunderman | 23 September 2013 |
tags: meditation, multitasking, texting
Distraction can literally be deadly.


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