We have entered an era where holders of mass data are now being considered international actors with power beginning to match that of nation states.
I see technology as I would a developing person who is transitioning from adolescence into adulthood. Much like a person's early life, these first 20 years have been filled with rapid development, exuberance, awkwardness, impulsivity, excess, impatience, a lack of wisdom and perspective, and missteps.
Facebook's newest acquisition of Oculus Rift and the reaction by the media and investment pundits who seem to signal this more as a CEO out of control than a company that -- I believe -- appears to have a very obvious plan in mind.
We held our ground. For nearly a year. It wasn't easy. Our daughter's increasing anxiety, her distress at being tagged "a nobody with no Instagram" forced us to take a closer look at what was actually going on. We had to look no further than our own middle school years.
At first glance, capitalism circa 2014 looks like a pretty soulless endeavor: massive piles of fast money, no wider context of conscience involved. Ju...
Wanna know a secret? We're all just fighting for something we already have. Like looking for the pen that's tucked behind my own ear. I scan my page for "likes" in hopes of finding a sense of peace. To drown out the voice in my head. My voice.
I issue a challenge to the Mark Zuckerbergs, Donald Trumps and Phil Knights of the world: Will you step up to the plate and help children with cancer at least take a swing?
Whether we make billions or we make our living by begging, someone helps us get along, someone buys what we sell, someone throws their change in our bucket. Each of us is indebted to someone, everyday.
There is an argument that the Internet makes us smarter, makes us faster, makes us more connected; it also appears to be making us meaner; especially in the warren of social media.
When I turned 18 years old, I figured out what I wanted to do in my life. I'm 19 now, and I may not have all the answers to life, but I've certainly understood this notion that it's always best to find out who you want to be rather than what you want to be.
The founders of WhatsApp, a smartphone messaging service that is wildly popular around the world, proudly declared they would never make their users the product. They built their brand off of this guiding philosophy and used it to differentiate themselves in a crowded market.
Qe are not products, but rather social people who want to control how we share our lives and protect our privacy. As the Red Sea in social media parts, we are left to choose which side to swim in.
It was November 9, 2006. A few big-time entrepreneurs in attendance understood Mark's vision but believed they could beat or buy him. The rest were cheerily myopic. Their loss was my gain.
Last week, hundreds of millions of Facebook users received their very own Look Back videos, featuring images they posted over the years on Facebook ed...
Facebook isn't real or productive, it's just an advanced version of the electronic bulletin boards that have been around since the Internet dawned. Nobody on those old boards met their 'soul-mate' or bought a car; or paid their bills; or broadcasted their political opinions; or flamed each other for disagreeing.
The king of social media is finally recognizing that privacy is not just some cultural relic to be engineered away.