by | Feb 19, 2020

Video of Mike Bloomberg belittling farmers surfaced this week. His campaign team, which is spending money furiously trying to purchase a foothold in the race for the Democratic presidential nomination, has treated it mostly as a distraction. It may do…

by | Feb 7, 2020

What do the apps on your phone have to do with the fate of American society and culture? Quite a lot, if Josh Hawley has anything to say about it. The 39-year-old freshman Republican senator from Missouri has quickly built…

by | Feb 3, 2020

When he wrote The Making of a Fly, biologist Peter Lawrence probably did not expect his investigation into developmental genetics to rival the Magna Carta. But in 2011, copies of this book were listed for sale at Amazon for $23.6…

by | Jan 30, 2020

A few times over the years, I’ve taught seminars about social media. Facebook, I’d explain, is like a planned community. People view it as a safe neighborhood. Your page is your house, and your friend’s page is his house. There…

by | Dec 29, 2019

Let’s start with a story. Just a few years ago, when I first turned to think seriously about the changes wrought by 40 years of the computer revolution, I found myself in a meeting with some senior figures in cybertechnology:…

by | Oct 7, 2019

One year ago, I left the cushy confines of the Washington, D.C., political world and arrived at Fort Benning, Georgia, to begin service to my nation as a United States Army officer. While in D.C., I worked and spoke on…

by | Jul 7, 2019

What, exactly, is the cloud? Where is the cloud? (No, not up there.) In the most simplistic terms possible, cloud computing involves storing and accessing data and programs over the internet instead of a traditional hard drive. In many ways,…

by | Jun 25, 2019

Two big tech stories broke today. One indicts Google. One indicts Amazon. Both stories paint pictures of disinterested behemoths rampaging over truth and decency in the pursuit of the almighty dollar and twisted ideological ends. Their callous disregard for their…

by | Dec 13, 2018

Cybersecurity has become an increasingly important diplomatic and human rights issue, as states weaponize digital tools to oppress and suppress their people and violate the privacy of others around the world. This came to light on Friday, when the Frontiers…

by | Oct 25, 2018

I just got off the phone with the founder of Minds.com, Bill Ottman. Minds.com is a new social media hybrid site that promises to do what no other major platform has done: keep your information private. It also uses game…

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