Archives for January 24, 2015

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 of […]

Secret TPP Negotiations—And Public Protests—To Be Held in New York City

The next round of secret Trans-Pacif­ic Part­ner­ship (TPP) nego­ti­a­tions begins this Mon­day, Jan­u­ary 26, and runs through the fol­low­ing week at the Sher­a­ton New York Time Square Hotel in down­town Man­hat­tan. As with many pre­vi­ous TPP meet­ings, the pub­lic will be shut out of talks as nego­tia­tors con­vene behind closed doors to decide bind­ing rules […]

Bill Gates Rules the World

Data­bank­ing Every­body Every­where From the arti­cle above, “Bill Gates: dig­i­tal learn­ing will rev­o­lu­tionise edu­ca­tion in glob­al south”, Cheap­er smart­phones and tablets, advances in soft­ware and bet­ter net­work cov­er­age will rev­o­lu­tionise the way chil­dren in devel­op­ing coun­tries learn over the next 15 years, accord­ing to the Microsoft co-founder and phil­an­thropist Bill Gates.… “The edu­ca­tion­al soft­ware is still […]

Trans Pacific Partnership: Obama ready to defy Democrats to push secretive trade deal

The TPP has drawn the ire of Democ­rats includ­ing Eliz­a­beth War­ren who object it will destroy jobs, lim­it online free­dom, increase out­sourc­ing and derail cli­mate agree­ments. Iron­i­cal­ly, it has made allies of his (her?) GOP rivals. The Trans Pacif­ic Part­ner­ship is a trade agree­ment so sig­nif­i­cant and impor­tant, its details can’t be disclosed.