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Civic Hackers Take on the Problems of the Poor

Tuesday, July 09, 2013

People in the tech world have sometimes been accused of catering mainly to their own needs, with apps for hailing taxis and finding romantic partners. But there’s another movement afoot – so called “civic hacking," aimed at solving serious problems.

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Take the New Tech City Hackathon Survey

Tuesday, July 09, 2013

There's been an explosion of hackathons in the last couple of years, including the civic hackathons New Tech City reported on this week.

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Make a Face or Swallow a Pill - This is the Future of Passwords?

Tuesday, July 09, 2013

Hacking groups like Anonymous have gained notoriety for breaking into the websites and databases of corporations and governments. Chinese hackers have been accused of stealing intellectual property from the U.S. government and businesses.

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At Camp, Swimming, Sports and Smartphones

Wednesday, July 03, 2013

More reporting from Manoush Zomorodi and the New Tech City team about summer camp and smartphones.

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Most Summer Camps Still Forbid Electronic Devices

Wednesday, July 03, 2013

Peg Smith, CEO of the American Camp Association, sheds some light on when and where campers are allowed to use personal electronic devices.  

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New York City Gets .NYC Domain Name

Tuesday, July 02, 2013

"Proclaim to the world that you are a proud New Yorker or NYC-based business / organization!" urges mydotnyc.com.

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New Tech City: At Camp, Swimming, Sports and Smartphones

Tuesday, July 02, 2013

Most summer camps are all about swimming, canoeing and enjoying the outdoors, and the Longacre Camp in Newport, Pennsylvania, is no exception.

But Longacre has a new and unusual policy that's setting it apart from other camps this year, and stirring up a little controversy too: It's letting tween and teen campers use their smartphones, iPads and other tech gadgets all summer long. 

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New Tech City: Algorithmic Trading For the Masses

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

In the early nineties Wall Street started to automate the trading process. Today, many Wall Street firms make thousands of trades a second from computer terminals, not the floor of the stock exchange.

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MAP: Solar-Power Charging For Mobile

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Twenty-five solar charging stations for mobile devices are coming to city parks, beaches, golf courses and other outdoor spaces this summer, courtesy of AT&T. 

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NSA Surveillance as a Teachable Moment?

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

What can we learn from the NSA's surveillance program? A lot, according to Chris Lawrence, senior director of the Mozilla Mentor Community. He calls the scandal's aftermath "a teachable moment."

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New Tech City: NSA Surveillance Backlash

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

In the wake of news that the National Security Agency is collecting vast amounts of digital data about the online activity of U.S. citizens, the federal government has said the program — known as PRISM — is crucial for homeland security. Of course, not everyone agrees.

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Remaking NSA Prism PowerPoint

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

The following blog post is by New Tech City host Manoush Zomorodi.

Imagine this: You flash your top-level security badge, settle into a government conference room as the lights dim and begin to watch a slideshow explaining the latest NSA surveillance plan, code-named PRISM.

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Want to Disappear? Don't Fake Your Own Death

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

To disappear in the real world, you need an overseas bank account, some pre-paid cell phones and an uncanny awareness of where potential surveillance cameras might be hiding.

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New Tech City: How to Disappear from the Internet

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

The specifics of a secret government surveillance program called Prism are still being uncovered, but last week it was revealed that for the past six years, the National Security Agency has been collecting people’s emails, photos and videos from companies like Google, Apple and Facebook.

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NYC Tech Reacts to Government Surveillance

Friday, June 07, 2013

The news this week that the U.S. government obtained personal data from several major American communications and technology companies has unleashed fresh debates over privacy and national security.  It's also raising uncomfortable questions for the city’s many tech start-ups.

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Government Surveillance: How Worried Are You?

Friday, June 07, 2013

So the government's tapping vast amounts of internet data and tracking phone calls. How concerned are you?

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Verizon Call Logs Controversy: No Such Thing As Too Much Information

Thursday, June 06, 2013

The news that Verizon is providing the government with data about its customers on a daily basis has reignited the debate between balancing individual privacy and national security.

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6 Best of the Best Google Glass Parodies

Thursday, June 06, 2013

We thought about doing a round up of all the awesome Google Glass memes that are out there. Turns out, it’s been done. A lot. So we decided to go meta with a round up of the round ups. That’s right, it’s New Tech City’s Best of the Best Google Glass Parodies.

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Airbnb Appeals Judgment Against NYC Host

Wednesday, June 05, 2013

For the first time, room-sharing service Airbnb will represent a user in court.

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Special Needs Students Teach Others About Assistive Technologies

Tuesday, June 04, 2013

For many special education students in New York City, this school year was the first time they were integrated into general education classrooms. The move is part of city reform efforts in special education that call for more mixed classes of disabled and nondisabled students in public schools.

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