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Nathan Gardels

Weekend Roundup: How Will Greece Take Its Hemlock?

Nathan Gardels | July 2, 2015 | World
Ancient Greece was not only the birthplace of democracy, but also a deathbed of reason when a jury of 500 citizens condemned Socrates to die by hemlock poisoning for his impious attitude toward the order of the day. Defiant to the end, the philosopher voluntarily drank the poison himself in a suicidal display of dignity. This weekend, Greek voters will decide in a referendum whether they will be force-fed more painful austerity, imposed by the jury of other European democracies, or, like Socrates, administer their own poison in a "no" vote that will likely push Greece out of the eurozone. Tragedy, too, such as we are witnessing today, had its origins in early Greek drama. Nobel Laureate Joe Stiglitz and Martin Guzman argue that Greece will be better off administering the poison by its own hand. As they point out by examining the Argentine default in 2001, there is "life after debt and default." Manolis Glezos, the elderly firebrand of Syriza, writes from Athens that, in a democracy, "the people are the measure" of their fate. (continued)

What Does the Character You Play in World of Warcraft Say About You?

Quora | July 2, 2015 | Technology
What can you tell about a person from the character they play in World of Warcraft?: originally appeared on Quora: The best answer to any question. Ask a question, get a great answer. Learn from experts and access insider knowledge. You can follow Quora on Twitter,...
Craig Newmark

Women Rule the Tech World at Women Startup Challenge and Win $50K

Craig Newmark | July 2, 2015 | Technology
The first-ever Women Startup Challenge Pitch Competition was a huge success in Washington, DC. 12 women-led startups pitched their innovative and disruptive ventures to a panel of tech investors at General Assembly/1776.
Robert Bliwise

Countdown to Zero

Robert Bliwise | July 2, 2015 | Science
Falcon 9 is the third resupply mission of its kind to fail in recent months. Is it more than a failure, but also a metaphor of our times? Ambitions that, even in their smallness, can't be realized?
Alexander Howard

Embracing the Internet of Things Means Managing Privacy Risks With Care

Alexander Howard | July 2, 2015 | Technology
The public needs to understand the risks and benefits of putting connected sensors into our gadgets, appliances, homes, cars and cities and connecting them to external networks.
Brian de Haaff

How to Succeed as a New Product Manager

Brian de Haaff | July 2, 2015 | Technology
Too many new product managers suffer in silence. They watch others do the job and then struggle to put watching into action. So, what are the best ways for new product managers to gain confidence and become product leaders?
Bruce Kushnick

Will the FCC Ignore Our Complaint? Did AT&T Commit Perjury, Claiming it had Covered 100 Percent of 21 States With Broadband?

Bruce Kushnick | July 2, 2015 | Business
Rumors are flying that the proposed AT&T-DirecTV merger is a done deal. And yet, it appears that the FCC ignored our complaint, which outlined that AT&T may have committed perjury during the previous AT&T-BellSouth merger.
Robin Raskin

Geeks Make Strange Bedfellows

Robin Raskin | July 2, 2015 | Technology
The race is on to see which geek company can mate with which big brand company to produce beautiful offspring. Here are some of the strangest bedfellows. Maybe you know some others.
Alexander Howard

On Independence Day, Remember That The Meta Data Matters

Alexander Howard | July 1, 2015 | Technology
If someone ever tells you that it's just meta data, remind him or her of how the British could have used meta data to find Paul Revere and show them this network visualization.
Rebecca Abrahams

Suggestions for Political Campaigns Using the Latest Digital Tools

Rebecca Abrahams | July 1, 2015 | Technology
Today's political campaigns are using the latest digital tools. Since the presidential race is in full swing, we thought we'd be extra patriotic this Fourth of July and offer free advice as to how the campaigns can protect against cyber breaches and take downs.
Michael Rosenblum

What Television Journalism Could Look Like

Michael Rosenblum | July 1, 2015 | Media
Now, for the first time, smartphones and particularly iPhones have the capacity to shoot broadcast-quality video. They have the potential to do for television journalism what Leicas did 100 years ago for photojournalism. iPhone video has the possibility of completely changing not only the cost of making television but the way that it looks.
Peter B. LaMontagne

All Is Not Well (in the World of Big Data Analysis)

Peter B. LaMontagne | July 1, 2015 | Technology
The "big data" revolution set out to give us the tools needed to exploit the endless growth of data, whether inside companies, government agencies, or in open source.

Having My Mind Changed About Bitcoin: How Dr. Shapiro Did It

Bill_Robinson | July 1, 2015 | Technology
As I walked around TechCrunch Disrupt NYC recently, I was bombarded with messaging, product demos and pitches. Until I met a young lady who didn't know I was a tech journo. She had one goal, after I announced that "Bitcoin isn't my thing." To change my mind.
Adam Levin

Does Your State's Unclaimed Funds Expose Too Much Private Information?

Adam Levin | July 1, 2015 | Technology
The crux of the problem when it comes to reporting unclaimed property: It's impossible to be guarded and careful about something you don't even know exists, and of course it's much easier to steal something if you know that it does.
Julia Ellis-Kahana

Clear Skies and 100% Chance of Abortion Pills Delivered by Drone in Poland

Julia Ellis-Kahana | July 2, 2015 | UK Tech
A drone is the vessel of contemporary warfare that most effectively proliferates destruction. To take the ultimate unmanned weapon and find a way to use it to promote the human rights of women is radical.
Jasmine Brett Stringer

Championing Change From Inside Silicon Valley

Jasmine Brett Stringer | July 1, 2015 | Technology
Young girls who like to program and code as much as they like to play with dolls are pushing their way into computer and science labs, but they may not be receiving the same support or opportunities as their male counterparts. Why not?
Brian de Haaff

Meet Wayne, the World's Most Rotten VP of Product

Brian de Haaff | July 1, 2015 | Technology
It's hard to escape FIFA these days. The arrests of several officials on corruption charges have made global headlines for the past few months now. Clearly this is bigger than soccer. The "bad boss" narrative has mass appeal, whether you care about the World Cup or not.
Vivek Wadhwa

Will the Coming 'Internet of Things' Mean the Death of Privacy?

Vivek Wadhwa | July 1, 2015 | Technology
Technology companies say they will use the Internet of Things to improve our energy usage, health, security, and lifestyle and habits. In reality, companies such as Apple and Google want to learn all they can about us so that they can market more products and services to us -- and sell our data to others.
Suren Ramasubbu

Things to Think About During the Internet Safety Month

Suren Ramasubbu | July 2, 2015 | Technology
The U.S. Congress, supported by the National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA), has designated June as National Internet Safety Month. As we near the end of the month, what are the lessons we have learned about cyber safety so far?
J. Bradley Jansen

Protect Privacy of Living People on

J. Bradley Jansen | July 2, 2015 | Technology
Don't post or share any information--especially Personally Identifiable Information (PII) of living people--that you wouldn't want shared when privacy policies change or company ownership changes--especially if it goes out of business and bankruptcy proceedings put your personal information on the selling block.
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