GM Public Debate

Alan Krueger, natural skill

March 22, 2019 No Comments

FEW ECONOMISTS can claim either to have successfully challenged the bedrock beliefs of their field or to have altered how governments pursue policies that affect millions. Alan Krueger, who died on March 16th, managed both. In research with David Card in the early 1990s, Mr Krueger showed, through careful data analysis, that increases in the…

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Alan Krueger, natural talent

March 22, 2019 No Comments

FEW ECONOMISTS can claim either to have successfully challenged the bedrock beliefs of their field or to have altered how governments pursue policies that affect millions. Alan Krueger, who died on March 16th, managed both. In research with David Card in the early 1990s, Mr Krueger showed, through careful data analysis, that increases in the…

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Research study sparks require tougher enforcement on social media business

March 22, 2019 No Comments

Home Technology Internet March 6, 2019 March 6, 2019, Cardiff University Credit: CC0 Public Domain Research into the use of Russian-linked social media accounts following the 2017 UK terrorist attacks has led to calls for greater regulation of technology companies. In their report on Disinformation and “fake news,” the Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee…

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What’s Holding Smart Cities Back?

March 22, 2019 No Comments

With the global population set to reach 9.7 billion by 2050, two thirds of which will be living in cities, according to United Nations projections, governments worldwide are already facing an array of challenges in ensuring the sustainability, security and success of an ever-more-crowded planet. The urgency of these challenges underscores the importance of smart…

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Alan Krueger, natural talent

March 22, 2019 No Comments

FEW ECONOMISTS can claim either to have successfully challenged the bedrock beliefs of their field or to have altered how governments pursue policies that affect millions. Alan Krueger, who died on March 16th, managed both. In research with David Card in the early 1990s, Mr Krueger showed, through careful data analysis, that increases in the…

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To do in San Francisco: Future Perfect: A Postcapitalist Adventure from Free Maker on March 24

March 22, 2019 No Comments

[Editor’s note: I’m on the advisory board for Free Machine, a nonprofit that describes itself as an “LA-based collective of UX designers, artists, urban planners, and policy wonks. By using the tools of culture to shift the conversation around tech and society, we aim to shape a hi-tech future that is equitable, sustainable, and abundant.”…

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Roger McNamee: “Why is it legal to gather information on kids, let alone offer it?”

March 22, 2019 No Comments

Who owns your data?It’s a question that is quickly becoming a political one, with legislators in California and Vermont passing data privacy laws that aim to establish individual rights around data and federal lawmakers discussing what a national privacy law would look like. For Roger McNamee, a storied Silicon Valley investor and early Mark Zuckerberg mentor…

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Tech sector threats GM-crops-like crackdown if it doesn’t win back the general public– UK ICO bod

March 22, 2019 No Comments

‘We’re living in an age of anger where people feel disempowered, unhappy…’ Innovators are losing the battle for people’s trust and facing a kickback where technologies are banned before they have been fully discussed, according to the tech lead at the UK’s data watchdog. “We’re living in an age of anger… people feel disempowered, unhappy,…

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The UK’s blistering Facebook report has a great suggestion– for the UK

March 22, 2019 No Comments

The United Kingdom Parliament is still mad at Facebook. How much does it matter? We’ve known since last summer that the report of the Digital, Culture, Media and Sport select committee would excoriate Facebook over failures related to competition, data privacy, and foreign interference in elections, among other issues. Today, the final report arrived —…

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Ten big global challenges technology could solve

March 22, 2019 No Comments

Carbon sequestrationCutting greenhouse-gas emissions alone won’t be enough to prevent sharp increases in global temperatures. We’ll also need to remove vast amounts of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, which not only would be incredibly expensive but would present us with the thorny problem of what to do with all that CO2. A growing number of…

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