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Verizon's Data Caps Will Inevitably Leave Me Forever Alone

Eddie Geller | Posted 09.06.2011 | Technology
Eddie Geller

And with that unlimited data plan goes my love life.

Obama Poll Watch -- June, 2011

Chris Weigant | Posted 09.05.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

[Program Note: Last month, we ran this column four days before the end of May, due to travel plans. We promised we'd update the preliminary numbers i...

Will Data Metering Take Us Back to the Not So Good Old Days

Larry Magid | Posted 08.31.2011 | Technology
Larry Magid

Unless federal regulators stop it, AT&T will soon acquire T-Mobile, which makes me worry that Verizon might try to buy Sprint. If that happens, competition in most markets will be reduced to two major companies, reminiscent of the not-so-good-old-days.

Improving Education Through Data Quality

Jamie Merisotis | Posted 08.07.2011 | Education
Jamie Merisotis

Data can be a game changer. And when it comes to education, we must change the game. There's no other way to restart our sputtering economy and prepare our citizens for the jobs of the 21st Century.

Bianca Bosker

The Fabulous Fab's Cautionary Tale: Data Never Dies | Bianca Bosker | Posted 08.01.2011 | Technology

Fabrice Tourre (a.k.a. the "Fabulous Fab"), the Goldman Sachs mortgage trader who has become synonymous with Wall Street shenanigans, has now become s...

Intel's The Museum of Me: An Education in Data Privacy

Christina Gagnier | Posted 08.01.2011 | Technology
Christina Gagnier

While it is hard not to be taken with the tool just by virtue of it being really cool, I found it inspiring for how we can perhaps teach people about their personal privacy.

Obama Poll Watch -- May, 2011

Chris Weigant | Posted 07.27.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

"What a difference a death makes." President Obama announced at the very beginning of the month that Osama bin Laden was dead, and his poll numbers reacted almost immediately.

The Privacy Bomb: How to Tame and Feed Big Data

John Henry Clippinger | Posted 07.16.2011 | Technology
John Henry Clippinger

Any expectation of privacy as an absence of data collection is unrealistic. It is impossible to hide from "Big Data." It cannot be eliminated. But it can be tamed and rendered trustworthy.

Obama Poll Watch -- April 2011

Chris Weigant | Posted 07.04.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

April was a pretty miserable month for Barack Obama, mostly due to the high price of gasoline at the pump. But May is already shaping up to be one of Obama's best months ever, for one very obvious reason.

Joy Resmovits

Just How Much Do Students Know About Government? | Joy Resmovits | Posted 07.04.2011 | Education

NEW YORK -- Can you name the three branches of the American government, their powers, and how other branches limit their powers? If so, you have a leg...

Hedge Funds Now Managing Record Amounts Of Money

Posted 06.19.2011 | Business

Hedge funds are back and bigger than ever. Fueled by fresh investor demand, these loosely regulated portfolios now manage $2.02 trillion, marking an...

Amanda M. Fairbanks

Do College Professors Earn Their Keep? | Amanda M. Fairbanks | Posted 06.07.2011 | College

For years, state legislators, parents, and even his own boss had been hectoring Frank Ashley, the vice chancellor of academic affairs for the Texas A&...

Obama Poll Watch -- March, 2011

Chris Weigant | Posted 06.04.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

While catastrophic world events dominated the news for most of the month, Obama's approval rating was being hit with a creeping domestic problem -- the rising price of gasoline.

Congress Weighs Deep Cuts to Funding for Federal Open Government Data Platforms

Alexander Howard | Posted 06.01.2011 | Technology
Alexander Howard,, and other five other websites that offer platforms for open government transparency are facing imminent closure.

The Global Brain, Chaos Theory, and the Power of Real-Time Social Media

Beverly Macy | Posted 05.31.2011 | Technology
Beverly Macy

As a connected global society, people are sharing opinions, reviews, thoughts, and movements with one another all day, every day. That in itself is remarkable. We call it the real-time global brain.

Surviving the Data Deluge: a Call to Action for the 21st Century

Raymond Schillinger | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Raymond Schillinger

Despite the indoctrination of mathematics throughout primary and secondary education, we are by and large afraid of data.

AT&T's Desperate Shot at Netflix

Josh Levy | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Josh Levy

AT&T knows it's losing the future. Its strategy? To slow down the future's inevitable arrival, one overage charge at a time. Squeeze a few more dollars out of the customer, while squeezing the life out of budding competitors.

Let's Cut the Budget Sensibly --- A Simple Idea

Terry Newell | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Terry Newell

While Americans know that Uncle Sam spends a lot, they don't always have an accurate sense of what the money buys.

Obama Poll Watch -- February, 2011

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

In terms of shifts in public opinion, January and February were the best two months President Obama has yet had during his entire presidency.

HHS Launches to Share Open Health Data

Alexander Howard | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Alexander Howard

Last October, Todd Park, the chief technology officer at the Department of Health and Human Services (HSS) announced at the HealthCamp ...

Simple Tech Tool Could Cut Billions in Spending, Help Both Parties

W. David Stephenson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
W. David Stephenson

One way of lowering the tone of rhetoric on political issues would be to make it more fact-based. If the White House wants to try to find any kind o...

Unemployment 'Math': Statistical Lies

Iris Mack | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Iris Mack

Parents need to demand that their children learn math. Math literate citizens can will use analytical reasoning to see through the lies of government and the ridiculous insults from the mainstream media.

A Real Healthcare Reform: Data

Christina Gagnier | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Christina Gagnier

As the vote in the Senate to repeal the healthcare reform law failed, Silicon Valley played host to a discussion on real innovation for our healthcare system: the powerful potential of data.

Obama Poll Watch -- January, 2011

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

When taken month-to-month, January, 2011, was Obama's best month of his entire presidency. Not only did he finally get his bump -- but it was a truly significant bump.

Your Name, Your Privacy: Data Privacy Day 2011

Christopher Burgess | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Christopher Burgess

As more of our societal interaction includes an online component, we must ensure that we are paying attention every time we hit that "enter" key.