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Face Recognition and Privacy: What You Should Know

Face Recognition and Privacy: What You Should Know

by Lauren Jonik As technology continues to evolve and redefine our public and private lives, new questions arise about how best to use the tools at our disposal. Face recognition software has the potential to be incredibly useful for law enforcement, but if misused, it may have the power to become deeply problematic. The Perpetual Line-Up, a report by Clare Garvie, Jonathan Frankle and Alvaro Bedoya at Georgetown Law – Center on Privacy and Technology, investigates the use of face…

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Too Much of A Good Thing: What To Do When Social Media and the News Stress You Out

Too Much of A Good Thing: What To Do When Social Media and the News Stress You Out

An Interview with Christine James, NCC, LPC by Lauren Jonik Last fall during election season, I noticed that the more I watched the news or scrolled through my Facebook feed, the more stressed out I felt. Though I think cultural dialogue is crucial in a democracy, it seemed that I was witnessing a kind of unraveling. Instead of people talking about issues, friendships were fraying at the seams. What was once a fun way of connecting had turned into a political…

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How Blockchain Can Revolutionize Sustainability

How Blockchain Can Revolutionize Sustainability

by Alexandra Oborina and Elisa Dresen Blockchain technology today is still in its early stages, but it promises a giant potential for many sectors of the economy: Financial Services, Resources, Public Services, Commerce, Consumer Data, and more. Gartner’s 2016 Hype Cycle for emerging technologies identifies blockchain to be at innovation peak with mainstream adoption in five to 10 years. What is blockchain? A blockchain is a ledger of transactions arranged in data batches called blocks.  Each block contains many transactions within.  Blocks…

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What We Learned About You

What We Learned About You

The Refresh was started by two ladies studying data and media in graduate school. Beyond being excited to create a space for writing that is deep, diverse, personal and informative, we are also interested in how data is used to shape content development. In that sense, this space is an experiment, too. We’re listening to see how you respond and whether the stories we tell meet your interests. In fact, we started doing that even before there was content. Huh? Well, media companies…

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