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This week’s headline quotes Nina Wolff Landau, a junior at Brown University, in response to the information requested by Shiru Café, a new coffee shop that offers students free coffee in exchange for personal data that lets the café target corporate-sponsored messages to customers.

Read more | 10/01/2018 - 23:22

This week’s headline quotes The World Economic Forum’s (WEF) new The Future of Jobs Report 2018 – agile and lifelong learning are mentioned multiple times throughout the report, as executives and human resources officers foresee significant changes in workforce needs over the next four years (Gizmodo “Emerging tech will create more jobs than it kills by 2022, World Economic Forum predicts”).

Read more | 09/24/2018 - 21:05

This week’s headline quotes Rohit Prasad, Amazon’s Vice President and Head Scientist, Alexa Artificial Intelligence (AI), on the company’s ambitions to eliminate the use of Alexa Skills in favor of a system that uses context clues like a user’s location, subscriptions, services, and history to figure out what they mean and what service is most useful (Digital Trends “Amazon wants Alexa to figure out how to fulfill users’ without help from Skills”).

Read more | 09/18/2018 - 00:33

This week’s headline quotes Eric Klinenberg, professor of sociology and the director of the Institute for Public Knowledge at New York University, from an opinion piece in The New York Times that argues that libraries are being disparaged and neglected at precisely the moment when they are most valued and necessary (The New York Times "To restore civil society, start with the library").

Read more | 09/10/2018 - 17:12

This week’s headline quotes 18-year-old Isabelle on her decision to turn away from social media when she began feeling that her classmates had become "zombified" – Isabelle is one of several young voices featured in a story about teens who refuse to use social media (The Guardian “Logged off: meet the teens who refuse to use social media”).

Read more | 09/04/2018 - 18:39

This week’s headline quotes Dr. Michael Yogman, chief of the division of ambulatory pediatrics at Mount Auburn Hospital in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and chair of the American Academy of Pediatrics’ committee on psychosocial aspects of child family health, which led the development of the Academy’s new statement on the power of play (The New York Times “Let kids play”).

Read more | 08/27/2018 - 18:45

This week’s headline quotes David Hakanson, Saint Louis University’s Vice President and Chief Information Officer, as the university plans to deploy more than 2,300 Echo Dot smart devices in resident hall rooms and a custom SLU Alexa skill to provide instant answers to more than 100 questions specific to the university (Engadget “Saint Louis University will put 2,300 Echo Dots in student residences”).

Read more | 08/20/2018 - 23:23

This week’s headline quotes Charles Stewart, professor of political science at MIT, on West Virginia’s proposal for a blockchain-based mobile phone voting pilot project for deployed service members – to be clear, Stewart, along with several other election integrity and computer security experts, doesn't consider mobile voting ready for "prime time” (CNN “West Virginia to introduce mobile phone voting for midterm elections”).

Read more | 08/13/2018 - 17:49

This week’s headline quotes Somen Saha, co-founder and CEO of n-Powered, a start-up that works with universities to program Echo Dots for students’ use on campuses (The Chronicle of Higher Education “Hey, Alexa, should we bring virtual assistants to campus? These colleges gave them a shot”).

Read more | 08/06/2018 - 17:41

This week’s headline quotes Farhad Manjoo’s excellent column exploring how technology platforms have begun to more closely examine what people can say online and how they can say it – and how these approaches to policing content will affect politics, the media, and other aspects of society (

Read more | 07/30/2018 - 16:13

This week’s headline quotes Evelyn Harris, a student in an all-girls Intro to Auto class at Myers Park High School in Charlotte, North Carolina (The Hechinger Report “Girls-only trade classes are spreading — and upending stereotypes”).

Read more | 07/23/2018 - 15:07

This week’s headline quotes Michael Martin, vice president of digital products for Nike, talking to BuzzFeedNews about the company’s new Nike by Melrose store, which uses Nike commerce data, including information collected through the Nike app, Nike Training app, Nike+ Run Club, and Nike buying patterns in its existing stores, and rotates merchandise based on shopping patterns – the store will also send push notifications to Nike app users when they walk by the store and introduce a Retail mode for the Nike

Read more | 07/16/2018 - 17:26

This week’s headline quotes Eran Ben-Joseph, the head of MIT’s Urban Studies and Planning Department, on the introduction of a new Urban Science undergraduate major that brings together existing content from programs in urban planning and computer science to help students become better scientists, planners, and policy makers (Wired “Cities are watching you—Urban Sciences graduates watch back”).

Read more | 07/03/2018 - 01:04

This week’s headline quotes Laura Reynolds, Seattle Symphony vice president of education and community engagement, on the development of Octave 9, the Symphony’s new venue that can morph from traditional concert performances into a 360-degree chamber for shared immersive experiences (GeekWire “Seattle Symphony to create new performance space for 360-degree shared virtual experiences”)

Read more | 06/25/2018 - 22:55

This week’s headline quotes Nic Newman, lead author for the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism's new Digital News Report, which explores how people access news around the world – and Newman points out that while this shift gives people more control over where and how they engage with news, it could also make public debate and news distribution even more fragmented (BBC “'Fewer people' are using Facebook for news”).

Read more | 06/18/2018 - 16:57