I Embraced Screen Time With My Daughter—and I Love It

I Embraced Screen Time With My Daughter—and I Love It

Like most parents of young children, I’ve found that determining how best to guide my almost 2-year-old daughter’s relationship with technology—especially YouTube and mobile devices—is a challenge. And I’m not alone: One 2018 survey of parents found that overuse of...
Zuckerberg’s Privacy Manifesto is Actually About Messaging

Zuckerberg’s Privacy Manifesto is Actually About Messaging

You would be forgiven if you read Mark Zuckerberg’s Wednesday post about Facebook moving to “A Privacy-Minded Vision for Social Networking” and thought it was either a deathbed conversion, a cynical ploy to avoid regulation and reassure users, or even just an absurd...
Zuckerberg Wants Facebook to Build a Mind-Reading Machine

Zuckerberg Wants Facebook to Build a Mind-Reading Machine

For those of us who worry that Facebook may have serious boundary issues when it comes to the personal information of its users, Mark Zuckerberg’s recent comments at Harvard should get the heart racing. Zuckerberg ostensibly dropped by the university last month as...
How Amazon’s Algorithms Curated a Dystopian Bookstore

How Amazon’s Algorithms Curated a Dystopian Bookstore

Among the best-selling books in Amazon’s Epidemiology category are several anti-vaccine tomes. One has a confident-looking doctor on the cover, but the author doesn’t have an MD—a quick Google search reveals that he’s a medical journalist with the “ThinkTwice Global...
Colonialists Are Coming For Blood—Literally

Colonialists Are Coming For Blood—Literally

During the Ebola epidemic in West Africa in 2014, medical workers collected hundreds of thousands of samples of blood from victims and those presumed to be infected, in an effort to stem an epidemic that eventually took more than 11,000 lives. After that outbreak...
No, Data Is Not the New Oil

No, Data Is Not the New Oil

“Data is the new oil” is one of those deceptively simple mantras for the modern world. Whether in The New York Times, The Economist, or WIRED, the wildcatting nature of oil exploration, plus the extractive exploitation of a trapped asset, seems like an apt metaphor...