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Commentary: Welcome to Algorithmic Prison

February 21, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Corporations and government are using information about us in a new – and newly insidious – way. Employing massive data files, much of the information taken from the Internet, they profile us, predict our good or bad character, credit worthiness, behavior, tastes, and spending habits – and take actions accordingly. ...

With Great Computing Power Comes Great Surveillance

January 10, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Nearly 50 years ago, Gordon Moore suggested that the number of transistors that could be placed on a silicon chip would continue to double at regular intervals for the foreseeable future. Known as Moore’s law, the truth of that observation has made computers cheap and ubiquitous. Cellphones are so inexpensive ...

Analysis: Hooray for Marissa Mayer

March 7, 2013 Three cheers for Marissa. She understands that business is civilized warfare. Being a loser in war is not pleasant. Your village gets pillaged. Your citizens become dispirited. Your population is abused and worse. When you lose in business, employees lose their motivation. Turnover skyrockets. Sales dwindle away. Every budget meeting ...