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This week’s headline quotes Metropolitan Transportation Authority spokesman Jon Weinstein as the MTA makes a series of changes, including a switch from gender-specific terms like "ladies and gentlemen" to more inclusive language like "passengers," “riders,” and "everyone" in automated announcements (Mashable "New York's subway systems are switching to gender inclusive announcements").

Read more | 11/20/2017 - 15:48

This week’s headline quotes Josh Golin, Executive Director of the Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood, noting the proliferation of inappropriate videos on YouTube Kids, where algorithms lead the curation of content (The New York Times “On YouTube Kids, startling videos slip past filters”).

Read more | 11/13/2017 - 21:17

This week’s headline quotes Maja Pantic, Professor of Affective and Behavioural Computing at Imperial College London, expressing the reasons for her concern over technology firms’ aggressive recruitment of talented computer scientists away from academia and into the private sector (The Guardian “'We can't compete': Why universities are losing their best AI scientists”).

Read more | 11/07/2017 - 14:25

This week’s headline quotes Jascha Kaykas-Wolff, Chief Marketing Officer at Mozilla, about The Glass House, a new pop-up store in London that uses interactive art exhibits to demonstrate the implications of sharing personal data with big technology firms (Mashable “This cheeky 'store' can help you take control of your online life”).  

Read more | 10/30/2017 - 22:52

This week’s headline quotes David Watson, a 38-year-old managing director at Deutsche Bank, about the value of his conversations with his junior mentor Fernando Hernandez, a 29-year-old engineer in the bank’s global markets technology division (The New York Times “Executive mentors wanted. Only millennials need apply.”).   

Read more | 10/23/2017 - 13:59

This week’s headline quotes Chicago-area real-estate executive Charles Lamphere, reflecting on employers’ movement away from urban centers and into suburban office parks.  

Read more | 10/16/2017 - 16:40

This week’s headline quotes artist Sebastian Errazuriz from his response to a new project from Snapchat that overlays augmented reality art installations in locations around the world – a strong reminder that trends and changes need to be questioned and carefully considered. I’m trying something new with this week’s round-up, highlighting five articles that were particularly interesting and might deserve some additional attention.

Read more | 10/10/2017 - 17:57

This week’s headline quotes Lori Bush, a councilwoman from Cary, North Carolina, explaining the town’s interest in piloting an Amazon Alexa skillset that provides town service information and options for residents to open up case issues with the local government (Government Technology “7 state or local governments using Amazon Alexa”).

Read more | 10/02/2017 - 18:25

This week’s headline quotes Sloan Eddleston, Walmart’s VP of eCommerce strategy and business operations, describing a pilot program in which customers will have groceries delivered right to their refrigerator through a partnership with a same-day delivery service and a smart-lock and security system.

Read more | 09/25/2017 - 13:55

This week’s headline comes from Consumerist’s coverage of the new Nordstrom concept store, which will feature no merchandise but provides a space for customers to hangout, try on some of their online purchases, and take advantage of stylist services.

Read more | 09/18/2017 - 16:19

This week’s headline quotes Nichole Pinkard, founder of the Digital Youth Network, which helped build Chicago’s City of Learning platform. In a fascinating story in CityLab, Pinkard and others describe how they have used City of Learning and its resulting data to better understand the relationship between program offerings, access, participation, and educational outcomes for young people.     

Read more | 09/11/2017 - 16:17

Flipped learning is a phenomenon that has swept through the halls of academia and kindergarten through twelfth grade schools. When done well, it frees up classroom time for deeper exploration and application of instruction that is delivered in advance, often using current technology tools.

Read more | 09/09/2017 - 12:22

This week’s headline quotes Matt Hammersley, CEO and cofounder of Novel Effect, an app that uses voice-recognition technology to insert sound effects and music to books as you read them aloud.

Read more | 09/05/2017 - 18:22

This week’s headline quotes Peter Barbey, owner of the Village Voice, articulating the power of the publication even as it moves to end print publication and move entirely online. Another push for two upcoming events that may be of interest:

Read more | 08/28/2017 - 15:42

This week’s headline quotes James Surowiecki (whose The Wisdom of Crowds is among my favorite books) from his article “Chill: Robots won’t take all our jobs / Robopocalypse Not” in Wired. I wanted to highlight two upcoming events that may be of interest:

Read more | 08/21/2017 - 16:55