Ron Bouganim is transforming “the operating system of government.”

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Source: CNN Date: February 25th, 2016 Link: http://money.cnn.com/interactive/technology/15-questions-with-ron-bouganim/index.html?iid=ob_homepage_tech_pool&iid=obnetwork Discussion 1) Comment on Ron’s statement that “since government is the glue of society, I can’t think of a more scalable way to have personal impact every day.” 2) “The government isn’t typically known as a bastion of innovation, but Ron Bouganim is banking on changing that perception.”  Are there… Read more »

The disturbing consequences of ultra-connectivity

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When we share pictures of our kids on Flickr, we probably don’t expect to see them turn up as faces on coffee mugs for sale on website Koppie-Koppie. Using Twitter (TWTR, Tech30) to comment on politics wasn’t supposed to land us in jail, as is happening in Turkey. Having a mobile phone with a SIM card wasn’t… Read more »

What can digital technology do for your country?

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  Digital technology has changed the way we live in private and in public, and governments are increasingly aware of the benefits of bringing public services online. But is this good for citizens? New technology offers many potential futures, but how can those futures be sustainable, secure and prosperous for everyone? This guide discusses these… Read more »

Can laws keep up with tech world?

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This week a Brazilian judge ordered the text messaging service WhatsApp shut down for 48 hours. It was a monumental action. WhatsApp is the most popular app in Brazil, used by about 100 million people. The Brazilian telecoms hate the service because it entices people away from more expensive text messaging services, and they have been… Read more »

Mark Zuckerberg has personally answered Facebook’s Indian critics

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A controversial Facebook effort to expand Internet access in India that has come under withering criticism from tech activists.  “Free Basics,” formerly known as Internet.org, offers a free, stripped-down version of the Internet to consumers who cannot afford a broadband connection or smartphone data plan.  The service provides information on health, travel, jobs and local… Read more »

Why politicians still dream of controlling the internet

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Who’s in charge of the internet?  Both Xi Jinping, President of China, and Donald Trump, Presidential candidate, clearly think it is time for national governments to grasp control of the internet to bend it to their own political purposes. Source: BBC News Date: December 17th. 2015 Link: http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-35112856 Discussion 1) China has an “increasingly sophisticated Great Firewall acts… Read more »

Carly Fiorina on high-tech democracy: ‘There’s an app for this’

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Carly Fiorina said she will use technology — and votes by smart phones — to solve issues such as immigration and the economy if elected president. “The technology for a citizen government exists. There’s an app for this actually,” the former CEO of Hewlett-Packard said.  “We need to use technology to reengage citizens in the… Read more »

The Global Amazon Landscape

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Many Amazon Associates are unaware of the full scale of Amazon’s global footprint. To cater to their global audience and because of differences like currency, language, shipping, and digital rights restrictions, Amazon has created 14 different storefronts around the world. 11 of these offer both physical and digital goods in countless categories. 12 of these… Read more »

European schools told to drop Dropbox

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The European Court of Justice recently ruled that US firms signed up to what is called a “Safe Harbour scheme” with European companies could no longer be automatically considered to provide “adequate protection” to personal data they had received from the EU.  The “Safe Harbour scheme” was put in place to allow European companies to store data… Read more »

Consumer 3D printer used to create human tissue

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Researchers from Carnegie Mellon University in the US, have adapted a low cost MakerBot 3D printer to print with biological materials. The team hope their work could one day lead to a world in which transplants are no longer necessary to repair damaged organs. Source: BBC News Date: October 27, 2015 Link: http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-34505242 Discussion 1) The video talks… Read more »