In 2010, Mark Zuckerberg famously said that privacy is no longer a social norm (read article here).

With recent events, we are reminded that privacy as a social norm is more than just social media and inter-personal relationships. A lot of what we do in the world is based on that social norm — outdated or not.

Tue 3/20/2018 - 7:41 AM

The City is considering imposing a moratorium on cryptocurrency operations which are using as much as 10% of the City's power supply. (The electricity rates are among the cheapest around.)

Will the City manage to regulate what matters (the amount of power) rather than the purpose of the power use?

Fri 3/16/2018 - 12:16 AM

Some articles about CES 2018. We'll also talk about the trends that are emerging -- sensors and data to power the smartness (smart homes, smart cities, smart cars, smart planes...) and what that means for everyone including the people who don't think they're using those technologies or sharing their data.

Maybe the most interesting recent piece of news is from Horace Dediu of Asymco on The iOS Economy, Updated (read article)

On the CES from, here are some wrap-up articles:

CNET summary of phones 



And on the data collection side of things, a couple of recent articles to read and think about:

Alexa -- why? (NY Times)

Cars Collecting Data (Washington Post)

Does it seem as if we're in a lull? Jesse and Joe Donahue talk about it on January 16, 2018 at 11:30 for The Roundtable on WAMC.

Mon 1/15/2018 - 3:51 PM

Skype, FaceTime, GoToMeeting, WebEx...

What are the differences among products and vendors in the teleconferencing world. These are terrific products for defeating the barriers of distance in getting people together, but there are significant differences. We'll talk about the options and differences as well as uses for general meetings, classes and training, and specific functionalities in areas such as medicine, customer support, and more.

For background here are three links to major groups of products and vendors:

Wed 12/13/2017 - 4:55 PM

Join Joe Donahue, Jesse Feiler, and Gail Nayowith as we talk about The Nonprofit Risk Book and The Nonprofit Risk App and how they came to be. Books are starting to ship now!

Mon 11/20/2017 - 8:31 PM

Reminders as we enter the year-end tech shopping spree. Article here.

Wed 10/25/2017 - 8:26 AM

Jesse and Joe talk about learning to code on The Roundtable, Thursday, September 21, 2017 at 11:30 am.

Wed 9/20/2017 - 4:02 PM
Wed 9/20/2017 - 3:55 PM

Steve Lohr, June 28, 2017 NY Times: Read Here

Wed 9/20/2017 - 3:52 PM