I'm sure you've heard the news about Heartbleed by now (unless you're in vacation wonderland and have taken a tech break). This is a serious vulnerability in the core of the Internet and is something we all should be concerned about.
For a city that has struggled to get anything at all truly going downtown, it was an exhilarating sight to see.
Since many websites ask you (or even require you) to use your email address as a username, that information is also vulnerable to the Heartbleed bug. Welcome to the beginning of phishing season.
The thing is, these aren't accidental flaws in Facebook. These are features.
As I'm sure you've already read, Facebook recently acquired Oculus Virtual Reality for $2 billion. This is a huge deal... and here's why.
We are so jaded and skewed in our thinking that true creativity is being stymied and atrophied because we don't get that digital isn't everything.
For the past two days, 22-year-old Mary McCoy has been mercilessly mocked and ridiculed by what feels like the entire internet -- and she says she's loving it.
The world seems like it will never be equal for men and women because of how society perceives gender roles. Nonetheless, there are people working to change how people look at things, and you can feel the industry really shifting.
It's just another way that businesses foster other businesses, and everyone wins.
In recent years, an entire lexicon of digital language, with its own jargon and rules, appeared before our eyes. But what happens when you can't connect with your audience?
The "class reunion" is actually just an opportunity to gauge how far we've come in comparison to our old classmates. Who beat the expectations? Who flopped under pressure? Whose goals were achieved and whose went straight down the toilet? Why do we need this when we have Facebook?
The prospective employer these days may be more interested in what your name pulls up in search engines than how perfectly coordinated your shoes are with your power suit.
As I stood at the edge of the velvet rope, dubiety gnawed at me. Why am I here? Why should I care?
Of course those who want to employ Facebook merely as a place to post photographs of grandchildren and hamsters are free to do so. But for those committed to doing something greater, there are several directions possible for the advancement of the next generation of Facebook. Some of those directions suggest a new vision of governance.
We often prefer to stay glued to a steady stream of curated content and digital correspondence directed specifically at us, especially when we're alone. But there is value in casting our gaze upon the general backdrop of everyday life.
Design is now more akin to flowing water than a series of steps carved in stone. And again, that conforms to the nascent "culture of sharing." The same impulses that drove open source software are now driving the design of objects.
But who can investigate the matter? This is a non-trivial question because the government is no longer trustworthy.