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Nations Hacking Nations Means Your Personal Information Is at Risk

Tarun Wadhwa | Posted 07.27.2015 | Technology
Tarun Wadhwa

While there is nothing new about espionage or hacking, the size and depth of these attacks make them extremely serious. The ubiquity of technology and poor security have caused both crime and surveillance to skyrocket in frequency and specificity.

Refusing Bad Touch in Africa

Misbah Noorani | Posted 07.24.2015 | Impact
Misbah Noorani

It is evident that this girl, like so many other girls at Waa, sees the value of education. I first understood this while conducting an Agree-Disagree debate activity with a group of girls, age 13, at Waa.

10 Reasons Why Federal Medical Marijuana Prohibition is about to Go Up in Smoke

Steph Sherer | Posted 07.23.2015 | Politics
Steph Sherer

For the first time, we have comprehensive medical marijuana legislation in both the U.S. House and Senate. The Compassionate Access, Research Expansion, and Respect States Act (CARERS) Act of 2015 is the most comprehensive piece of federal medical marijuana legislation ever introduced in the U.S. Congress.

South Australia: Innovators in Democracy and Public Engagement

Will Friedman, Ph.D | Posted 07.23.2015 | Politics
Will Friedman, Ph.D

If, as the quip goes, democracy is the worst form of government except for all the others, that doesn't mean we should accept its limitations. And we haven't.

Police Officers, Sheriffs, Rangers, and Marshals: What's the Difference?

Quora | Posted 07.21.2015 | Crime
Quora

Police are usually general-purpose law enforcement officers. They are most often employed by a city government, but may be employed by a county, state, college, hospital, transit district, or other quasi-governmental organization with the power to create a law enforcement branch.

Coal Miners, Extractive Industries, and a Sustainable Economy

Steven Cohen | Posted 07.20.2015 | Green
Steven Cohen

The impact of new technologies on jobs is unavoidable, and not all of the news is bad. Many old jobs are destroyed but many new jobs are created. The problem is that with weak unions, global competition and inadequate wage regulation, some of the new jobs are lower paid than the old jobs.

The Not-So-Secret Reason Why Women Lack Political Power

Charlotte Hill | Posted 07.17.2015 | Politics
Charlotte Hill

When these economic elites are predominantly male -- the names of Jeb Bush's super PAC donors read like a bachelor party guest list -- this means that American public policy is disproportionately influenced by men. Decisions about whether to prioritize issues like paid sick leave, affordable child care, birth control access and equal pay are not ultimately made by the people they impact most: women.

21st Century Cures Act Will Change Lives for the Better

Sandra Bond Chapman, Ph.D. | Posted 07.17.2015 | Politics
Sandra Bond Chapman, Ph.D.

Advances in biomedical and pharmaceutical research continue to occur at a dizzying pace. Yet the process of moving these discoveries out of the lab and into the real world where they can benefit people is frustratingly slow.

Digital Skills Urgently Needed to Bridge Digital Literacy Gap

Lisa Chau | Posted 07.15.2015 | Education
Lisa Chau

Digital technology has changed our world for the better, but the innovation that helps some rise also threatens to leave millions behind. As technology transforms our economy at a blinding pace, more and more people are being locked out of a job market increasingly dominated by the demand for computer skills.

Final Frontier For Anti-Gay Americans: The U.S. Government

Tyler Lewis | Posted 07.15.2015 | Politics
Tyler Lewis

In truth, it is unlikely that we will ever reach a point in time where racists and bigots are extinct. And precisely that fact alone calls for the government to take a clear stance on the issue. Because the government does not operate in a gray area, but rather in a black and white one. If they are not supporting the rights of gays, than they are suppressing them.

Startup Insider: SlingShot MNL 2015 - Can the Philippines Build Their Own Version of Silicon Valley?

David Ongchoco | Posted 07.13.2015 | Business
David Ongchoco

Having been immersed in the Philippine startup ecosystem in the past year, I've seen how much it has grown from where it was last year to where it is today.

Mini-Republics and True Democracy: A Plan to Make Ours a Government of, by and for the People

Christopher Phillips | Posted 07.07.2015 | Politics
Christopher Phillips

What to do? How can we create a system of "representativeness" in which members of Congress not only are in touch with the pulse of their constituents but genuinely act on their behalf? There are movements afoot to commence an Amendment convention to address campaign finance reform.

What George Washington Can Teach Washington in 2016

Dov Seidman | Posted 07.06.2015 | Business
Dov Seidman

With the 2016 Election season underway, the swirl of candidates and campaigns is drawing us into a discussion. Behind the talking points and slogans, what's on display is not just leaders or leadership styles, but underlying worldviews.

5 Fallacies Poisoning U.S. Politics

Hal Donahue | Posted 06.30.2015 | Politics
Hal Donahue

The last thirty years have seen private sector dominance of government. The results are disastrous and clearly seen. Tax codes and laws were established to benefit specific corporations and industries, while creating barriers to entry for new technologies and small companies.

The Energy Sector is Undermining National Security and Development in Mozambique

André Corrêa d'Almeida | Posted 06.29.2015 | World
André Corrêa d'Almeida

Political stability and absence of violence in Mozambique are in their lowest levels in two decades.

Good Governance: Well-Meaning Slogan Or Desirable Development Goal?

Bjørn Lomborg | Posted 06.25.2015 | World
Bjørn Lomborg

Corruption last year cost the world more than one trillion dollars. That is a trillion dollars we can't use to get better healthcare, education, food and environment.

U.S. Patent and Trademark Office CIO: IT Must Be Agile, Productive and Customer-Focused

Vala Afshar | Posted 06.23.2015 | Technology
Vala Afshar

The USPTO's mission was defined in the United States Constitution, where our forefathers designed a system to protect intellectual property. The basic concept was that as an inventor you should profit from your ideas.

California Needs A State Budget That Protects Children From Poverty

Alex M. Johnson | Posted 06.15.2015 | Politics
Alex M. Johnson

Californians understand that investing in children is an investment in our future. Yet, we must turn rhetoric into action and dedicate the resources to make that investment in ways that will yield the outcomes we all hope for, including a dramatic reduction in the number of California children living in poverty.

USCIS CIO: Design a User-Centric Digital Transformation Strategy

Vala Afshar | Posted 06.12.2015 | Business
Vala Afshar

Mark Schwartz, Chief Information officer of the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), is applying lean methods to reduce the distance between his internal customers and external citizens to the IT organization.

'Thank You NASA!'

Clayton Anderson | Posted 06.09.2015 | Science
Clayton Anderson

It's a big time at NASA. Scientific probes are sailing through our solar system, gathering legions of data and amazing photographs. Rovers are crawling all over intriguing extraterrestrial bodies, boring little holes into their surfaces and gathering samples.

Mr. President, This Is The Greatest Threat Facing America

Jen Bawden | Posted 06.01.2015 | Politics
Jen Bawden

I am worried, like everyone else, about government spending, unemployment, global economic crises, global warming, etc., but nothing scares me more th...

The Future of Illinois Is Just as Important as Caitlyn Jenner or the Blackhawks

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 06.03.2015 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

There have been so many important topics in the news this week that many Illinoisans might have missed the details of one of state's most far-reaching stories this week.

INDEX: AWARD -- Funding International Award Winning Design Startups

Soren Petersen | Posted 06.01.2015 | Business
Soren Petersen

Design awards are the design profession's "stamp of approval" for a wide range of new and classic design related offerings. There are hundreds of design awards, each with its own distinct focus and selection criteria such as business, impact and culture.

Tim O'Reilly: Changing the World by Spreading the Knowledge of Innovators

Vala Afshar | Posted 06.01.2015 | Technology
Vala Afshar

The combination of innovative technology and new business models underlie the most exciting developments coming out of start-ups and large organizations, and the innovators creating these disruptions have influence that extends into the global economy.

Power Is a Zero Sum Game: When Government Is Weak, Elites Will Dominate

Ian Reifowitz | Posted 05.28.2015 | Politics
Ian Reifowitz

There's something lurking behind the seemingly straightforward ideology of "small government," something obvious to anyone willing to look: Greed. Simple, unadulterated greed.