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by | May 15, 2019

What does a gay teenage beauty guru have to do with “Russian collusion”? More than you might think, and the scandal that has wrecked the reputation of YouTube celebrity James Charles tells us a lot about how the 21st-century media…

by | May 8, 2019

The Internet of Things is in the starting blocks and the race is on to create the premier 5G network that will power the next phase of connectivity. The networks of the future hold great promise, making the leap from…

by | May 7, 2019

I know, I know. Fake news! Media bias! Intellectual arrogance! That’s my old profession, the newspaper business, as contemporary Americans understand it — assuming they give our business any actual thought. Probably not. Witness the dreary statistics compiled by the…

by | Mar 26, 2019

The European Parliament is about to vote on contentious new regulations that threaten to reshape how the internet operates. This will end a debate started in 2016 over two key provisions to the EU’s Copyright Directive, Article 11 and Article…

by | Aug 20, 2018

Once upon a time, the American people trusted the mainstream media, and vice-versa. Back when Walter Cronkite was the “nation’s newsman,” most Americans felt confident that networks and newspapers reported “the facts” — at least most of the time. Even…

by | Jul 11, 2018

Social media giants like Twitter and Facebook that used to brag about promoting free speech now say they’re taking on a new role — the speech police. Twitter is suspending as many as a million accounts a day, with 70 million…

by | May 23, 2018

I think I’m on the verge of developing what might be called “Amish syndrome.” Now, don’t jump to conclusions. I’m not about to trade in my beloved Lexus for a horse-and-buggy rig. After all, horses would be much higher maintenance…

by | Apr 5, 2018

The money-hemorrhaging KentuckyWired needs another taxpayer bailout to keep it going, which has critics steaming. The Kentucky Legislature’s joint budget conference committee discussed additional funding for the project during a meeting in March. KentuckyWired, intended to be a 3,200-mile middle-mile…

by | Jan 25, 2018

Remember when we all thought the World Wide Web would put average folks in charge, with popular uprisings replacing the dictators and hierarchical institutions to make us all free? In her witty new book Australian technology author and TED celebrity…

by | Dec 29, 2017

For a self-described community organizer, full of the anti-colonial dreams of his father, Obama seems to enjoy inordinately rubbing shoulders with monarchs and princes. The BBC this week hailed his embarrassingly empty chat with Prince Harry as his first post-presidential…

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