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The Number of Works Licensed Under Creative Commons Will Surpass 1 Billion by 2015

November 21, 2014 Sometime in 2015, the number of works licensed under Creative Commons agreements will surpass the 1-billion mark, the organization which stewards the licenses announced Thursday. The prediction came in a “State of the Commons” report, the first issued by that organization—which is also called Creative Commons—in four years. As of ...

Why NSA Surveillance Threatens Silicon Valley

November 17, 2014 What does it look like when a society loses its sense of privacy? In the almost 18 months since the Snowden files first received coverage, writers and critics have had to guess at the answer. Does a certain trend, consumer complaint, or popular product epitomize some larger shift? Is trust ...

The Conservative Case for Net Neutrality

November 12, 2014 Everyone likes the Internet. While not wholly true, per se, it can sometimes seem this way in national politics. Democrats like tech startups, Republicans like tech startups, everyone likes innovation and entrepreneurship and jobs and, maybe above all, the sense that San Francisco is allowing the U.S. to do something ...

Can Two Volunteers Really Put a Dent in Twitter Harassment?

November 7, 2014 Is the Internet a safe space for women? It’s a huge question—yet, more and more, the answer seems to be a clear no. Last month, online abusers drove female video game critics and developers out of their homes with violent threats. One critic’s public event had to be canceled because ...

Can Facebook's 'I Voted' Button Really Skew an Election?

November 4, 2014 Open Facebook today and you’ll see a public service announcement of sorts. “It’s Election Day,” proclaims the text. “Share that you’re voting in the U.S. Election and find out where to vote.” Then Facebook offers you a button to do that sharing: “I’m a Voter.” To entice you to Vote ...

The Ubiquity of Cyber Espionage

November 3, 2014 Don’t worry about dorm-room hackers, crime rings, or the mafia, said two cyber-security experts Thursday at the Washington Ideas Forum. Worry about the government. Or, rather, the governments, plural. “These attacks are happening all the time,” said Dmitri Alperovitch, CTO and co-founder at Crowdstrike, of attacks on American corporate and ...

The Ubiquity of Cyber-Espionage

October 31, 2014 Don’t worry about dorm-room hackers, crime rings, or the mafia, said two cyber-security experts Thursday at the Washington Ideas Forum. Worry about the government. Or, rather, the governments, plural. “These attacks are happening all the time,” said Dmitri Alperovitch, CTO and co-founder at Crowdstrike, of attacks on American corporate and ...

Megan Smith Thinks Every Child Should Be Able to Code

October 29, 2014 Speaking at the Washington Ideas Forum Wednesday, U.S. Chief Technology Officer Megan Smith kept coming back to one idea: talent. On the Department of Defense's role as a research-and-development powerhouse: “What I want to do is unlock talent.” On the security of government servers: “We have a great team working ...

A New Tool in Humanitarian Relief: Texting

October 27, 2014 Pandemics, like war, have a higher cost than their death toll. On top of the 5,000 lives that Ebola has claimed, there are other sorts of victims in the six West African countries the virus has reached. The emergency erodes trust and infrastructures, threatening local economics and livelihoods. One infrastructure ...

When Everything Works Like Your Cell Phone

September 29, 2014 Everyone understands what it means to own a plunger. Go to a store, buy the tool, take the physical object home, use it. No contract is required. If you give it away, all its plunging capabilities go with it. If it is stolen, it is lost. If you don't know ...