Facebook accused of suppressing news about conservatives and links to right-leaning websites.

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The Commerce Committee, led by Republican John Thune of South Dakota, asked CEO Mark Zuckerberg to respond to anonymous allegations that former contractors suppressed news about conservatives and links to right-leaning websites. Thune demanded to know who is ultimately responsible for approving stories for the “trending” box on the Facebook home page; what steps Facebook… Read more »

How Google is endangering police officers

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For the fifth year in a row, ambush attacks on police officers were the No. 1 cause of felonious deaths of law enforcement officers in the line of duty. Nevertheless, Google continues to market a smartphone application that lets lawbreakers pinpoint the location of police officers in the field. Google’s executives won’t even discuss the… Read more »

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 »