Give your fingers a break, and let your legs stretch.

The NYTimes writes: While Internet addiction is not yet considered a clinical diagnosis here, there’s no question that American youths are plugged in and tuned out of “live” action for many more hours of the day than experts consider healthy for normal development. Screen abuse by children according to the Kaiser Family Foundation study cited … Continue reading Give your fingers a break, and let your legs stretch.

Simple Online Tools to Make Hiring Easier (HBR)

Diomidis Spinellis writes some amazing advice to make hiring easier. (full article) My highlights below: "Don’t even think about inviting paper CVs. These are certain to bog you down if you receive more than a handful of applications. Instead, create a Google form where job seekers can enter their details. Once an applicant submits a form, the details … Continue reading Simple Online Tools to Make Hiring Easier (HBR)

Education Technology (EdTech) is the next wave.

The education field has been ripe for disruption for quite some time. Khan Academy is the flagship venture representing how technology can "flip the classroom" and improve education. (Watch Khan's video). Salman Khan founded Khan Academy in 2006, and received a grant from the Gates foundation which enabled it to grow. Since then, it has … Continue reading Education Technology (EdTech) is the next wave.

FreeSpeech prevails. How a single movie has set a major precedent.

Over the past month, a satirical movie - The Interview - about a journalist's interview and planned assassination of NK dictator - has put us on the verge of a major cyberwar between the USA, its major corporations and hackers around the globe. What is a cyberwar? And, what will the first cyberwar will look like: How … Continue reading FreeSpeech prevails. How a single movie has set a major precedent.

Why I am ditching my iPad, returning to paperback, and plugging in my alarm clock.

The BBC reported that " A team from Harvard Medical School compared reading paper books and light-emitting e-readers before sleep. They found it took longer to nod off with a back-lit e-reader, which led to poorer quality sleep and being more tired the next morning. The team reports, “The use of light-emitting electronic devices for reading, … Continue reading Why I am ditching my iPad, returning to paperback, and plugging in my alarm clock.

Get out to vote: What if Facebook influenced our elections?

Dave Eggers, in his work - The Circle - warns of a company so powerful that eventually they will run national elections. (See my review below.) Today, the USA is holding its congressional elections, and, according to the NYTimes, Facebook has its own "Get out the vote" campaign. This raises some issues though: "Facebook’s get-out-the-vote tests have … Continue reading Get out to vote: What if Facebook influenced our elections?