Tuesday, July 15, 2014
The brains behind the 2014 and 2016 elections are hard at work figuring out how best to harness the latest and greatest technology to help their candidates win. So what high-tech tools can you expect to be targeted with?
Friday, June 27, 2014
It’s hard to escape the prevailing media narrative that student loan debt is destroying an entire generation’s financial future. The New York Times' David Leonhardt reported on a new Brookings Institution study on education debt, in an article titled “The Reality of Student Debt is Different from the Cliches”—an assertion that cuts against conventional wisdom. Bob speaks to David Leonhardt to get to the bottom of what his reporting reveals about the state of student loan debt.
Friday, June 27, 2014
How the suppression of a free press in Egypt is reversing the course of the Arab Spring, challenging the conventional wisdom on student debt, a defense of True Crime, and more.
Tuesday, May 13, 2014
Europe's highest court is giving a little bit more power back to the people. On Tuesday, the European Court of Justice in Luxembourg ruled that in some cases, Google must grant users a so-called "right to be forgotten."
Thursday, May 01, 2014
One Congresswoman thinks so—she’s pushing for U.S. News & World Report to incorporate assault data into its ranking methodology.
Friday, April 25, 2014
Beau Willimon, screenwriter and show runner of the American "House of Cards," and David Simon, creator and writer of "The Wire" and "Treme," discuss the benefits and drawbacks of data-driven entertainment, and the evolving field of television.
Wednesday, February 26, 2014
By Alex Goldman
Yesterday, PJ wrote an article about Porn MD's transfixing real-time display of other people's porn searches. In that article, PJ posited that part of the appeal was that it was a peak into a universe that we don't usually see, because "while we share most things online, porn consumption is one of the few online media consumption experiences that usually remains private. Very rarely will someone 'Like' a porn website on Facebook, or tweet a link to some great porn they enjoyed." One of our readers informed us that may not be the case.
Tuesday, February 25, 2014
By PJ Vogt
The website PornMD, which is a search engine for the major free porn sites, has unveiled a new feature that shows you the text of other people's porn searches in real time.
Wednesday, February 05, 2014
The message service Snapchat is booming because 'snaps' disappear after just a few seconds. Should we embrace ephemerality in more of our online lives? This week New Tech City explores whether it's time to ditch auto-save and replace it with auto-delete.
Friday, December 27, 2013
As we look back at 2013, perhaps the most important story of this year, if not of this decade, may be the revelations of the surveillance programs run by the National Security Agency. It's a story that, thanks to Edward Snowden, has forever changed the way we Americans think about our privacy. Joel Brenner, Susan Crawford and Nita Farahany weigh in on changing norms of privacy when it comes to issues of the internet, medicine and national security.
Thursday, December 19, 2013
Yesterday, a panel of presidential advisers released its recommendations on the NSA's mass data collection program. The panel urged President Barack Obama to end the government's systematic collection of logs of all Americans' phone calls and refrain from tapping into any commercial or private efforts to collect data. David Sanger, National Security Correspondent for our partner The New York Times, helps unpack the report.
Tuesday, November 05, 2013
Can data and algorithms help motivate kids to be more active? That’s the goal of a new project being pioneered in Snohomish County, Washington. Dr. Gary Goldbaum, health officer and director for the Snohomish Health District explains what the program hopes to achieve. Ben Waber, CEO of Sociometric Solutions and author of “People Analytics: How Social Sensing Technology Will Transform Business” talks about the broader implications of these kinds of practices.
Friday, November 01, 2013
A lot of listeners responded to Brian Krebs’ story on the Experian data breach last week. The consensus: we’re all worried about the security of our personal data. Brooke speaks to Journalist and PandoDaily editor Adam Penenberg, who did what many listeners seem to think is the ultimate nightmare. He challenged hackers to hack into all of his personal information. The only information he gave them to go on? His byline.
Friday, October 25, 2013
A major credit bureau accidentally sells its data to identity thieves, the difficulty of reporting around DHS opacity, and the good and bad that comes with putting victims of tragedy in the media spotlight.