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Data mining shows global link between wealth and corruption

February 20th, 2015 at 3:03 pm » Comments Off

A question that social scientists and economists have long puzzled over, how corruption arises in different cultures and why it is more prevalent in some countries than others.  But finding correlations between corruption and other measures of economic or social activity has always been difficult.



Will the sharing economy disrupt the banking industry?

February 7th, 2015 at 4:23 pm » Comments Off

In the same way that it has torn apart newspapers, radio and the postal service, Bank of England Governor Mark Carney worries that technology will disrupt the banking and financial services industry.  His biggest concern is governments will fail regulate it until it’s too late - ”an Uber-type situation,” as he said at the World Economic Forum in […]



Mass surveillance threatens human rights, says European report

February 3rd, 2015 at 8:14 pm » Comments Off

Surveillance cameras The Council of Europe Parliamentary Assembly reports that mass surveillance practices are a fundamental threat to human rights, as thoroughly detailed in many reports following the extensive Edward Snowden leaks.    



Justice Department making it harder for cops to seize your assets

January 17th, 2015 at 4:45 pm » Comments Off

The U.S. Justice Department announced today that state and local police will no longer be able to use a federal law that allowed the seizure of assets of people for only believing a crime was committed.  



Should coding schools have free enrollment under Obama’s new free community college initiative?

January 15th, 2015 at 4:59 pm » Comments Off

If the fundamental premise of President Obama’s new initiative to make community college free is to open up career and life opportunities for the nation’s young — especially those from underprivileged backgrounds — then the federal government should also be thinking of ways to cover the tuition costs of individuals attending coding boot camps. Instead […]



The Branding of Marijuana in the Marketplace

January 10th, 2015 at 1:31 pm » Comments Off

The market for marijuana is changing, at least in the states where the drug has been legalized. In Colorado and Washington, where recreational marijuana is legal for adults, cannabis sellers are finding new approaches to the way they sell their products. The new business plan, for many, includes advertising and marketing — a shifting image.



Preventing Patent Trolling

January 6th, 2015 at 2:52 pm » Comments Off

The last decade was a boom time for patent trolls. Their names and lawsuits made the news; This American Life dedicated two hour-long episodes to them. The number of defendants in patent troll lawsuits increased sixfold from 2003 through last year. But now the tides seem to be turning for them: After growing very rapidly […]



Complexity in Systems Increase Cost

January 5th, 2015 at 5:40 am » Comments Off

Futurist Thomas Frey Thomas Frey is currently Google’s Top Rated Futurist Speaker. He serves as the Senior Futurist and Executive Director of the DaVinci Institute. Read his article “The Complexity Disease”.



It’s Illegal to Live off the Grid in the State of Florida

January 2nd, 2015 at 10:40 am » Comments Off

Robin Speronis lives off the grid in Florida, completely independent of the city’s water and electric system. A few weeks ago, officials ruled her off-grid home illegal. Officials cited the International Property Maintenance Code, which mandates that homes be connected to an electricity grid and a running water source. That’s like saying our dependency on […]



Google sues Visa and MasterCard

December 29th, 2014 at 11:55 am » Comments Off

With little ceremony and only two days before Christmas, Google filed an antitrust law against Visa and MasterCard for setting “supracompetitive” interchange rates from 2004 to 2012. This is but one more volley in the Battle Royale between big companies like Wal-Mart, Target, and Macy’s and major players in the payments industry.



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