The MIT Media Lab controversy and getting back to ‘radical courage’, with Media Lab student Arwa Mboya – gpgmail

People win prestigious prizes in tech all the time, but there is something different about The Bold Prize. Unless you’ve been living under a literal or proverbial rock, you’ve probably heard something about the late Jeffrey Epstein, a notorious child molester and human trafficker who also happened to be a billionaire philanthropist and managed to […]

How the Valley can get philanthropy right with former Hewlett Foundation president Paul Brest – gpgmail

Paul Brest didn’t set out to transform philanthropy. A constitutional law scholar who clerked for Supreme Court Justice John Harlan and is credited with coining the term “originalism,” Brest spent twelve years as dean of Stanford Law School. But when he was named president of the William & Flora Hewlett Foundation, one of the country’s […]

Hubble spots liquid water on a ‘super-Earth’ 110 light-years away – gpgmail

Water is not uncommon to find in our galaxy in ice or gaseous form, but liquid water is quite rare — and liquid and gaseous water on an Earth-like exoplanet? That’s never been observed… until now. Astronomers spotted this celestial unicorn, called K2-18 b, using the venerable Hubble space telescope. K2-18 b is a “super-Earth,” […]

Brexit means clear your cookies for democracy – gpgmail

Brexit looks set to further sink the already battered reputation of tracking cookies after a Buzzfeed report yesterday revealed what appears to be a plan by the UK’s minority government to use official government websites to harvest personal data on UK citizens for targeting purposes. According to leaked government documents obtained by the news site, […]

Trump administration is readying tighter regulations on e-cigarettes, including ban on flavorings – gpgmail

The Department of Health and Human Services and the Food and Drug Administration are readying tough new requirements on e-cigarettes — including a potential ban on flavorings for vaping products. The FDA compliance policy would mean that all non-tobacco flavored e-cigarettes would have to be cleared by the FDA before they could be sold. The […]

Despite Brexit, UK startups can compete with Silicon Valley to win tech talent – gpgmail

Mehul Patel is the CEO of Hired , the marketplace that matches tech talent with the world’s most innovative companies. Brexit has taken over discourse in the UK and beyond. In the UK alone, it is mentioned over 500 million times a day, in 92 million conversations — and for good reason. While the UK […]

FDA says Juul ‘ignored the law’ and warns it may take action – gpgmail

The Food and Drug Administration has put vaping giant Juul on notice with a pair of letters calling the company out for misleading statements about its products and ongoing targeting of teens. It is demanding written answers to a boatload of pertinent questions and expects Juul to respond within two weeks or risk “even more […]

International students face immigration hurdles under Trump – gpgmail

Xiao Wang is CEO at Boundless, a technology startup that has helped thousands of immigrant families apply for marriage green cards and U.S. citizenship while providing affordable access to independent immigration attorneys. More posts by this contributor Why you should naturalize — now, not later This fall, nearly half a million international students will begin […]

After Epstein, it’s time for the Valley to find a moral view on capital – gpgmail

Is capital moral or amoral? In the predominant view held in Silicon Valley today, capital is amoral — cash is cash, and regardless of where it comes from, once it leaves the hand of its investor or donor, it no longer has that individual’s taint. That money might have previously been spent on acquiring access […]

Teaching ethics in computer science the right way with Georgia Tech’s Charles Isbell – gpgmail

The new fall semester is upon us, and at elite private colleges and universities, it’s hard to find a trendier major than Computer Science. It’s also becoming more common for such institutions to prioritize integrating ethics into their CS studies, so students don’t just learn about how to build software, but whether or not they […]