Phil Brown

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Network Neutrality: A Concept for Yesterday’s Internet

As an editor I am often (correctly) accused of over-hyping the CTN topics in the email introduction; sometimes even by the authors of the articles, …

Net Neutrality

If you’re so smart, why aren’t you rich? Turns out it’s just chance. - MIT Technology Review

The distribution of wealth follows a well-known pattern sometimes called an 80:20 rule: 80 percent of the wealth is owned by 20 percent of the …

Income Inequality

A History of Financial Panics in the U.S. - Politics

<i>From the merchant William Duer’s attempts to speculate on post–Revolutionary War debt, to an ill-conceived 1815 plan to sell English coats to</i> …

Dodge

What I Saw Treating the Victims From Parkland Should Change the Debate on Guns

They weren’t the first mass-shooting victims the Florida radiologist saw—but their wounds were radically different.<p>As I opened the CT scan last week to read the next case, I was baffled. The history simply read “gunshot wound.” I have been a radiologist in one of the busiest trauma centers in the …

Guns

Palantir Knows Everything About You

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Silicon Valley

Platform power is crushing the web, warns Berners-Lee

On the 29th birthday of the world wide web, its inventor, Sir Tim Berners-Lee, has sounded a fresh warning about threats to the web as a force for good, adding his voice to growing concerns about big tech’s impact on competition and society.<p>The web’s creator argues that the “powerful weight of a …

Social Media

An in

Friday, May 12, 2017<p><i>By Kaz Sato, Staff Developer Advocate, Google Cloud; Cliff Young, Software Engineer, Google Brain; and David Patterson,</i> …

The scientist who developed “Novichok”: “Doses ranged from 20 grams to several kilos”

The Bell was able to find and speak with Vladimir Uglev, one of the scientists who was involved in developing the nerve agent referred to as …

Russia

Why Do Trump’s Defenders Assume He’s Guilty?

With friends like these, the president should probably reconsider his messaging strategy.<p>The presumption of innocence is essential to the American legal system. Sometimes prosecutors and the press need to be reminded of this. It’s not as often that the allies of a defendant, or even a prospective …

Donald Trump

America’s 100 Richest Places

By Shelly Hagan and Wei Lu<p>March 5, 2018<p>The richest communities in America for years have been in Silicon Valley and the New York City area. Now the …

Demographics

Welcome to the age of reputation

There is an underappreciated paradox of knowledge that plays a pivotal role in our advanced hyper-connected liberal democracies: The greater the …

Flat Earth

She Instagrammed her exotic drug-smuggling vacation. Now ‘Cocaine Babe’ is going to prison.

A Canadian Instagrammer who tried to smuggle millions of dollars worth of cocaine into Australia during an exotic, made-for-social-media ocean voyage has been convicted and sentenced to eight years behind bars.<p>Melina Roberge, 24, entered a guilty plea Wednesday to smuggling 95 kilos (209 pounds) of …

Crime

An 87-year-old millionaire buried treasure in the Rockies—and he’s offered one main clue

Somewhere in the Rockies, in the roughly 1,000 miles between Santa Fe, New Mexico, and the Canadian border, may be a treasure chest worth millions. …

Archaeology

Sean Hannity’s Ties to Two More Trump-Connected Lawyers

The Fox News host denies that Michael Cohen was ever his lawyer—but Hannity was represented by a pair of legal advisers who also have close links to the president.<p>Sean Hannity has had no shortage of lawyers. In court on Monday, his name was disclosed as the third “mystery client” of Donald Trump’s …

Donald Trump

How America got fleeced by TurboTax

Today is tax day: America's annual tradition of muddling through complex paperwork and impenetrable jargon to stay in the Internal Revenue Service's …

Finance

Sean Hannity was very concerned about conflicts of interest — until he had one

Sean Hannity isn't apologizing for failing to disclose his attorney-client relationship with Michael Cohen, even as he has spent weeks defending President Trump's lawyer in the face of increasing legal jeopardy. In fact, the Fox News host says he has “a right to privacy” when it comes to his …

Donald Trump

Woman partially pulled out of Southwest Airlines plane after engine breaks cabin window

A Southwest Airlines jet has made an emergency landing in Philadelphia after a piece of its engine broke off mid-flight and smashed at least one …

Southwest Airlines

I'm a millionaire who creates zero jobs. Why do I pay less tax than you?

Our tax code is deliberately designed to reward money over work, and the corporate tax cut financially rewards companies for moving money and jobs overseas<p>In 2013, just a few years after the 2008 financial crisis, I was part of BlackRock’s Financial Markets Advisory Group working for the Greek …

Income Inequality

Broadband adviser picked by FCC Chairman Ajit Pai arrested on fraud charges

Elizabeth Pierce allegedly tricked investors into pouring $250 million into a fiber optic scheme by forging revenue agreements<p>A broadband adviser selected by Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai to run a federal advisory committee was arrested last week on claims she tricked …

Telecoms

Minds aims to decentralize the social network

Decentralization is the buzzword <i>du jour</i>. Everything – from our currencies to our databases – are supposed to exist, immutably, in this strange new world. And Bill Ottman wants to add our social media to the mix.<p>Ottman, an intense young man with a passion to fix the world, is the founder of …

Social Media

Los Angeles housing crisis: Working but on the brink of homelessness

Family photos, Bible verse decals and wedding mementos adorn Jimmy Mejia and Patty Garrido's living room walls in South Los Angeles. Despite their …

Homelessness

Fox News host Sean Hannity revealed as Michael Cohen's mystery client

In an earlier court filing, Donald Trump's personal attorney had sought to shield the identity of his client from becoming public.<p>Sean Hannity, the Fox News host who has been waging war on the air against special counsel Robert Mueller and is an outspoken advocate for President Donald Trump, was …

Donald Trump

Every time Trump has gone off on Amazon

Tax cuts might be the name of the game for the Trump administration, but the president has no intention of letting Amazon’s Jeff Bezos off easy. With a tweet early Thursday following an Axios report that the president is “obsessed” with the company, Trump’s anti-Amazon sentiment bubbled up once …

Donald Trump

UK report urges action to combat AI bias

The need for diverse development teams and truly representational data-sets to avoid biases being baked into AI algorithms is one of the core recommendations in a lengthy Lords committee report looking into the economic, ethical and social implications of artificial intelligence, and published …

Artificial Intelligence

The psychological impact of an $11 Facebook subscription

Would being asked to pay Facebook to remove ads make you appreciate their value or resent them even more? As Facebook considers offering an ad-free subscription option, there are deeper questions than how much money it could earn. Facebook has the opportunity to let us decide how we compensate it …

Social Media

Trump’s Company Is Suing Towns Across the Country to Get Breaks on Taxes — “Trump, Inc.” Podcast

<i>Find “Trump, Inc.” wherever you get your podcasts.</i>President Donald Trump is famous for bragging about his net worth. Publicly, he claims he’s worth …

Real Estate

Donald Trump ‘felt misled over expulsion of 60 Russian diplomats for Salisbury attack’

Donald Trump felt misled by aides over the expulsion of 60 Russian diplomats for the Salisbury spy poisoning and pushed back on Theresa May’s demands to act, The Washington Post has reported.<p>The paper said the US president was left furious after discovering that Germany and France had only sent …

Donald Trump

Amid Comey's Revenge Tour, Trump's Approval Goes Up

The only daily tracking poll left, Rasmussen, has more good news for President Trump: Despite all the negative headlines about his personal attorney, …

Donald Trump

California’s crazy one-party liberal politics is why I had to finally leave the state -- and I’m not alone

Twitter’s CEO, Jack Dorsey, infamously tweeted a link in early April to a story calling for a bloodless civil war to solve America’s problems. The piece, “The Great Lesson of California in America’s New Civil War: Why there’s no bipartisan way forward at this juncture in our history — one side must …

Poverty Rate

Hear me out. We should disarm the police.

In America, we take it as a given that police officers must carry guns. It does not have to be this way.<p>Police in a number of countries do not carry …

Law Enforcement