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Dr. Peggy Drexler


'Yo Jackass, We All Think Our Kid Is the Cutest'

Dr. Peggy Drexler | November 22, 2014 | Technology
The real problem is not that we're an addiction-addled culture of oversharers, though that may indeed be true. Instead, it's that we're a culture of complainers. We complain because it's in our nature, and we're more apt to complain than to do something about it.
Tarun Wadhwa


How Facebook Is Shaping Who Will Win the Next Election

Tarun Wadhwa | November 21, 2014 | Technology
Facebook is in a peculiar and unenviable position -- no matter what its intentions are, even minor decisions will have political impacts.
Shayla R. Price


Three Killer Photo Apps

Shayla R. Price | November 21, 2014 | Technology
As smartphone cameras continue to get better, mobile photography will amaze us even more. Social media has made us addicted to telling stories, and photos bring those stories to life.
Kevin Deegan

Niche Apps: The Next Wave of Social Media

Kevin Deegan | November 21, 2014 | Technology
As mobile continues to grow, it's clear it is the future of social media. Young users crave social media that is more specific to their needs, and offers basic functions that are mobile-friendly, a need which niche apps readily meet.
Rebecca Abrahams


Solving the Threat to our Energy Grid

Rebecca Abrahams | November 21, 2014 | Technology
co-authored by Dr. Stephen Bryen, Founder & CTO Ziklag Systems Admiral Michael Rogers, Director of the National Security Agency and head of the US Cyber Command has warned Congress that our energy grid is under threat of cyber attack. His warning...


Passwords: Secret Pieces of Us Revealing Something More

Uloop | November 21, 2014 | College
Passwords are things we have to draw upon and remember in our daily lives, so making one to help you eat healthier or to remind you of a hardship that you overcame and don't want to go back to is probably one of the most clever things I have ever heard of.
Sue Scheff


Online Safety: What Does It Mean To You?

Sue Scheff | November 21, 2014 | Parents
Everyone talks about online safety and we all need to implement it into our cyber-worlds but have you ever truly sat down and thought about what it really means?
Josefina Salomon

Detekt: A New Software Tool in the "Cat and Mouse" Game Against Big Brother

Josefina Salomon | November 21, 2014 | Technology
The hope is that Detekt will not only provide human rights defenders, journalists, lawyers and activists with some sense of security but also open a debate on the broader need for regulation of the development, sale and use of surveillance technology.
Sherrie Nachman


Holiday Gifts for Girl Geeks

Sherrie Nachman | November 21, 2014 | Technology
While there may be a dearth of women in Silicon Valley's C-suite, there is no shortage of women who love high-tech gadgets. To keep those women filled with joy this holiday season, check out these innovative gift ideas for girl geeks. Of course, geeky guys may like them too.
Vivek Wadhwa


Uber's Legacy Hangs in the Balance: Digital Robber Baron or Respectable Innovator?

Vivek Wadhwa | November 21, 2014 | Business
Industrialists who built the railroads and core infrastructure in the 19th century exploited labor, corrupted governments, and built monopolies. Uber is also exploiting labor to some extent, but its disrepute is largely because of its arrogance and frat-boy behavior -- not only its business practices. And this behavior is only slowing the company down.
Nicole Campbell

What Was Said at the Uber Dinner

Nicole Campbell | November 21, 2014 | Technology
I had the pleasure of sitting one seat over from Emil Michael at the now-infamous Uber dinner in New York last week. Emil was originally seated next to me and moved over to greet Ben Smith as a guest.
Adam Levin


73,000 Webcams Are Open to Peeping Toms -- Is Yours?

Adam Levin | November 21, 2014 | Technology
If the thought of being the unwitting star of your own prime time reality show gives you the willies, consider the recent revelation that more than 73,000 unsecured webcams and surveillance cameras are, as I write this column, viewable on a Russian-based website.
Zoltan Istvan

A Stanford University Debate: Transhumanism vs. Anarcho-Primitivism

Zoltan Istvan | November 20, 2014 | Technology
Last Saturday night at Stanford University, I had the honor of publicly debating the world's leading anarcho-primitivist philosopher John Zerzan. As a transhumanist, I differ from Zerzan on just about every topic.

Online Feminism: Who Are We Excluding?

DebateOut | November 20, 2014 | Media
The feminist blogosphere has become as much a space for social activism and encouraging change as it has for people to air their opinions and comments without fear of consequence. Though online feminism has been instrumental in bringing important issues to light, others worry that it has become exclusive to a fault.
Lisa Abeyta


Inaction Is Tacit Approval: Why I Deleted My Uber Account

Lisa Abeyta | November 20, 2014 | Technology
I've realized that when I give my money to companies that not only ignore the negative effects of unchecked bro-culture but actively embrace dirty tactics to get the advantage, I have become part of the problem that I am working to eradicate.
Ondi Timoner

Demystifying Law: How LegalZoom Uses Technology to Make Law Affordable

Ondi Timoner | November 20, 2014 | Technology
In our latest episode for A TOTAL DISRUPTION we speak with all four founders of LegalZoom to learn how they were able to succeed against all odds. This episode is a fantastic example of perseverance, grit and the dedication required to build a company from nothing.
Brittney Bowen and Bethany Delk

How To Stay Serene (And Smart) On Black Friday

Brittney Bowen and Bethany Delk | November 20, 2014 | Technology
Whether you wholeheartedly embrace the deals or consider yourself more of a passive shopper, Black Friday madness is just around the corner. However, it isn't the same shopping day it was a few years ago. Now, there are more brand choices than ever before, rewards and incentives that complicate price...
Isabel Song


I'm Proof That Online Friendships Are Just As Important As Real Life Ones

Isabel Song | November 19, 2014 | Teen
My then-limited connections on Twitter weren't enough for me. I felt rather overwhelmed with life and alone in my problems, and even though I told myself that I'm not the only one going through these issues, it didn't help.
Vivek Wadhwa


This Indian Start-up Could Disrupt Health Care

Vivek Wadhwa | November 19, 2014 | Technology
Kanav Kahol noted that despite the similarities between most medical devices in their computer displays and circuits, their packaging made them unduly complex and difficult for anyone but highly skilled practitioners to use. As well, they were incredibly expensive -- costing tens of thousands of dollars each.
Jim Steyer


Close the Broadband Gap

Jim Steyer | November 19, 2014 | Education
In the 21st century, it's hard to imagine a corporate world where only one-third of businesses could access high-speed Internet and the rest were relegated to dial-up speeds. Yet that's essentially the reality for our nation's schools.
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