The Ebola outbreak in West Africa is “a complete disaster,” and health agencies do not yet grasp its scope, the president of the relief group Doctors Without Borders said Tuesday.
Patient Zero in the Ebola outbreak, researchers suspect, was a 2-year-old boy who died on Dec. 6, just a few days after falling ill in a village in Guéckédou, in southeastern Guinea. Bordering Sierra Leone and Liberia, Guéckédou is at the intersection of three nations, where the disease found an easy entry point to the region.
As Washington awaits the release of the highly classified probe into the CIA's torture program, John Brennan's integrity is being questioned just when the agency needs it most.
Activists and tech companies fended off efforts in the U.S. in the 1990s to ban Internet encryption or give the government ways around it, but an even bigger battle over cryptography is brewing now, according to Sascha Meinrath, director of X-Lab, a digital civil-rights think tank launched earlier this year. One of the most contested issues in that battle will be net neutrality, Meinrath said.
After three years, Google finally got it. Google now admits it was wrong to require real names on Google Plus, and it’s apologized for taking so long, causing “unnecessarily difficult experiences for some of our users.” Too bad it had to learn the hard way, but better late than never.
The Future Tense initiative – a partnership of New America, Arizona State University, and Slate magazine – is pleased to announce the winners of Green Electronics
Christine Rosen, a fellow at the New America Foundation who studies our interactions with technology, pointed to the perils of multitasking.
Tim Wu was barely 30 years old when a concept he invented, network neutrality, became a central part of internet policy debates. Now, a decade later, he's not only trying to reinvent the concept for a changing internet—he's seeking to transform New York politics, too.
The internet has revolutionized human connectivity, but can be described, most simply, as a public space. Which is why New York state residents ought to pay close attention to the net neutrality debate, and to Tim Wu’s recently-announced candidacy as lieutenant governor to Zephyr Teachout.
Tim Wu, the Columbia law professor who coined the term "Net Neutrality," is running for Lieutenant Governor of New York State on a leftist, reform platform that starts with blocking the Comcast/Time-Warner merger.
Of all the news to come out of this week’s Apple Worldwide Developers Conference, one update went almost unnoticed: Apple is partnering with a small startup to make online searching more private. Is this a shot across the bow for Google? And what does it say about the future battle for user privacy?
Emily Parker, author of Now I Know Who My Comrades Are, joins the program to explain how the Internet is helping to change activism.
“It definitely makes Europe a less favorable place for these companies to do business. . . . But that’s a balance these countries are allowed to make,” said Tim Wu, a Columbia University professor who specializes in Internet-related legal issues. “Even though the Internet started in America, I don’t think we get a veto on other countries’ laws.”