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  • Harvard Report Debunks Claim Surveillance Is “Going Dark”

    Harvard Report Debunks Claim Surveillance Is “Going Dark”

    Since the 2013 Snowden disclosures revealed the extent of government surveillance programs it’s been a standard claim by intelligence agencies, seeking to justify their push for more powers, that their ability to track suspects using new technologies is under threat because of growing use of end-to-end encryption by technology companies. Read More

  • College Campuses Are The New Test Facilities For Emerging Technology Crunch Network

    College Campuses Are The New Test Facilities For Emerging Technology

    College campuses have long been sites of innovation and technology. Housing superior research and development facilities, a plethora of advisory resources and brilliant thinkers, higher-ed institutions are natural hubs for creating next-gen systems. But while universities are traditionally credited with tech invention, they are less celebrated for tech adoption — which is arguably just… Read More

  • The RoboBee Can Now Swim

    The RoboBee Can Now Swim

    July 2024 – I am writing this so future humans will know our downfall. The first RoboBees were harmless. These tiny robotic bugs used to flit around with reckless abandon, spreading joy to the last of mankind. Researchers Yufeng Chen, E. Farrell Helbling, Nick Gravish, Kevin Ma, and Robert J. Wood from the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard University… Read More

  • America’s Chief Data Scientist DJ Patil Is Coming To Disrupt SF 2015

    America’s Chief Data Scientist DJ Patil Is Coming To Disrupt SF 2015

    White House Chief Data Scientist and Deputy Chief Technology Officer for data policy DJ Patil is coming on stage with us at TechCrunch Disrupt SF 2015. We’re excited to have him come and chat with us about his role as the first national data scientist. President Obama appointed Patil to his current position this spring. Patil was formerly the head of data science at LinkedIn but came… Read More

  • Harvard Reveals It Had An IT Breach In June Impacting 8 Colleges And Administrations

    Harvard Reveals It Had An IT Breach In June Impacting 8 Colleges And Administrations

    A seventeenth-century university has become the victim of a twenty-first-century crime. Harvard University on Wednesday announced that on June 19, it discovered a breach in the IT systems of its Faculty of Arts and Sciences and Central Administration, currently impacting eight different schools and administrative organizations at the university. A copy of the memo from Anne Margulies, VP… Read More

  • Searching For The Next Wave Of Education Innovation

    Searching For The Next Wave Of Education Innovation

    I’m going to come right out and say it: few areas have been as hopeful and as disappointing as innovation in education. Education is probably the single most important function in our society today, yet it remains one of the least understood, despite incredible levels of investment from venture capitalists and governments. Why do students continue to show up in a classroom or start an… Read More

  • Winklevoss Twins, Activate! Join Them For A Chat About Bitcoin At TechCrunch Disrupt NY

    Winklevoss Twins, Activate! Join Them For A Chat About Bitcoin At TechCrunch Disrupt NY

    TechCrunch Disrupt NY is two weeks away and I’m excited to announce that I’ll be speaking with Cameron and Tyler Winklevoss on stage on May 6th at 12:20pm. The pair will talk to us about their bitcoin investments, their new bitcoin exchange, Gemini, and bitcoin regulation in New York and beyond. Cameron and Tyler Winklevoss are bitcoin bulls and VC investors in bitcoin-based companies. Read More

  • Spayce Takes On Yik Yak With A Location-Based Social App For Sharing “Moments,” Not Gossip

    Spayce Takes On Yik Yak With A Location-Based Social App For Sharing “Moments,” Not Gossip

    While popular location-based social app Yik Yak struggles amid controversy and on-campus bannings, a newcomer called Spayce is gearing up to compete with its own take on local social networking. Its few-weeks-old app forgoes anonymity by default, and instead encourages community members to share their photo and video “memories” happening around a given location, whether that’s… Read More

  • Harvard Innovation Challenge Winner Quorum Hopes To Replace Gaggles Of Interns In DC With Data-Driven Policy

    Harvard Innovation Challenge Winner Quorum Hopes To Replace Gaggles Of Interns In DC With Data-Driven Policy

    Every summer, thousands of mostly unpaid interns flood the nation’s capital to learn the intricacies of passing legislation (read: making coffee). All of those projects like “who voted for us?” and “what should we do next?” that have been on the office back burner since they just aren’t important to anyone now have a chance to grab the limelight. Few… Read More