Smartphones will begin categorizing users’ mental health; gun seizures will follow

The Dig­i­tal Age has pro­duced some remark­able tech­nol­o­gy and will con­tin­ue to do so, but as each new inno­va­tion springs forth, more of us are find­ing that we are not as com­fort­able with it as we once thought we might be. One of the lat­est exam­ples comes from a new iPhone app that appears capa­ble […]

Lamar Alexander’s Re-authorization of ESEA

A Pre­lim­i­nary Analy­sis of the Bill by Ani­ta Hoge Source: http://www.help.senate.gov/imo/media/AEG15033.pdf This bill was pre­sent­ed twice and referred to com­mit­tee. Every Child Ready for Col­lege or Career Act of 2015 spon­sored by Sen. Lamar Alexan­der. This bill amends No Child Left Behind which is the Re-autho­riza­­­tion of the Ele­men­tary and Sec­ondary Edu­ca­tion Act of 1965 […]

Deaf Ears

Yes­ter­day, I set about the busi­ness of writ­ing about Ida­ho State Board of Edu­ca­tion and their appar­ent inabil­i­ty to hear the voic­es of the vot­ers. In 2012 there was a bal­lot ini­tia­tive that asked to vot­ers to approve a pro­gram of pay-for-per­­for­­mance for teach­ers.  The vot­ers reject­ed the pro­gram.  There were actu­al­ly three ini­tia­tives on […]

Expert: Obama’s ‘bogus’ student data proposal won’t fix privacy problem he created

WASHINGTON, D.C. – An edu­ca­tion ana­lyst says Pres­i­dent Barack Obama’s call for stronger pro­tec­tion of stu­dent dig­i­tal data is “bogus.” The pres­i­dent ear­li­er this week pro­posed a new Stu­dent Dig­i­tal Pri­va­cy Act aimed at pre­vent­ing com­pa­nies from sell­ing sen­si­tive stu­dent infor­ma­tion col­lect­ed in schools and from using such data to tar­get adver­tis­ing to chil­dren, accord­ing […]

Weather as a Force Multiplier: Owning the Weather in 2025

Weath­er as a Force Mul­ti­pli­er:   Own­ing the Weath­er in 2025    A Research Paper Pre­sent­ed To Air Force 2025 by Col Tamzy J. House Lt Col James B. Near, Jr. LTC William B. Shields (USA) Maj Ronald J. Celen­tano Maj David M. Hus­band Maj Ann E. Mer­cer Maj James E. Pugh August 1996 ———————————————————————————-

Welcome to the Matrix: Enslaved by Technology and the Internet of Things

There will come a time when it isn’t ‘They’re spy­ing on me through my phone’ any­more. Even­tu­al­ly, it will be ‘My phone is spy­ing on me.’” ― Philip K. Dick If ever Amer­i­cans sell their birthright, it will be for the promise of expe­di­en­cy and com­fort deliv­ered by way of blaz­ing­ly fast Inter­net, cell phone […]

CIA Chief (Petraeus): We’ll Spy on You Through Your Dishwasher

More and more per­son­al and house­hold devices are con­nect­ing to the inter­net, from your tele­vi­sion to your car nav­i­ga­tion sys­tems to your light switch­es. CIA Direc­tor David Petraeus can­not wait to spy on you through them. Ear­li­er this month (March, 2012), Petraeus mused about the emer­gence of an “Inter­net of Things” — that is, wired […]

Censoring the Web Isn’t the Solution to Terrorism or Counterfeiting. It’s the Problem.

In pol­i­tics, as with Inter­net memes, ideas don’t spread because they are good—they spread because they are good at spread­ing. One of the most vir­u­lent ideas in Inter­net reg­u­la­tion in recent years has been the idea that if a social prob­lem man­i­fests on the Web, the best thing that you can do to address that […]