gregory Ferenstein

Gregory Ferenstein is a San Francisco-based writer and teaches math for journalists through the Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas. He is the publisher of The Ferenstein Wire.

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Hillary Clinton will likely be as pro-innovation as President Obama

Behind the less than enthusiastic embrace is a collective skepticism in the tech industry about Clinton's pro-innovation credentials. The shade is unwarranted.

The tech elite are moving left this election cycle

Gregory Ferenstein Contributor Gregory Ferenstein is a San Francisco-based writer and teaches math for journalists through the Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas. He is the publisher of The

Silicon Valley Represents An Entirely New Political Category

Internet founders believe the best role for government is competitive and direct funding for non-government agencies to solve social problems, whether it’s these parent-run public charter schools, l

When Startups And Revolutions Collide

In the last two months, tiny Silicon Valley startups have proven their ability to upset the well-laid plans of autocrats half a world away. Just this week, Turkey’s Prime Minister, Recep Tayyip

AT&T Exec Calls Netflix’s Reed Hastings “Arrogant” For Net Neutrality Post

AT&T just turned the high-stakes debate between Netflix and telecommunications companies into a name-calling food fight. AT&T Senior Executive Vice President of Legislative Affairs, James Cicc

Facebook Disputes Claims That They Were Aware Of NSA Data Collection Outside Of FISA Orders

The Guardian newspaper made headlines yesterday for a story claiming the tech companies were not entirely truthful about their knowledge of National Security Agency spying. News outlets quickly picked

Larry Page’s Wish To Make All Health Data Public Has Big Benefits — And Big Risks

Google co-founder Larry Page made a rare appearance at the TED conference and expounded on a few ideas he thinks will change the world. “Wouldn’t it be amazing to have anonymous medical re

White House Crowdsources Campaign To Prove Climate Change Problems

The White House needs a few good data scientists to help its climate change campaign. Instead of creating all of the doomsday scenarios itself, the White House is opening up government data so that re

One Seattle Politician Explains Why She Voted To Regulate Uber

Prominent tech leaders flooded Twitter with outrage at Seattle’s decision to severely limit the number of private ride-sharing drivers from companies such as Uber and Lyft. “Corruption.

Snowden Leak: NSA Is Recording All Calls From At Least One Country

<p>The National Security Agency has the capability to replay all telephone calls for 30 days from an entire country, according to documents obtained from Edward Snowden <a target="_blank" href="http:/

Just A Google Co-Founder Chillin’ With Robo-Snowden

So, this happened Today: Google Co-Founder Sergey Brin hung out with whistleblower Edward Snowden, who was attending the TED conference via a telepresence robot. You may want to read that last sentenc

An Algorithm Wrote The LA Times Story About The City’s Earthquake Aftershock Today

As reporters around the country scrambled to push out stories on early-morning earthquakes that awoke southern California, The LA Times had a machine write its piece. “This information comes fro

Three Data Driven Nuggets From Nate Silver’s New News Site

Nate Silver, the famous New York Times statistics blogger who correctly forecasted 50 out of 50 states in the 2012 presidential election, has launched an entire news site dedicated to data journalism.

How Many More Viral Comedy Videos A Day Will Obama Need To Meet Healthcare Goals?

President Obama’s hilarious “Between Two Ferns” cameo is on its way to becoming one of the most viral videos in Funny or Die history. It spiked visits to Healthcare.gov an impressive 40%, compar

Google’s Eric Schmidt On Critics Who Say College Isn’t Worth It: “They’re Just Wrong”

Google Chairman Eric Schmidt took a not-so-subtle swipe at tech critics who say that college is overrated. “There are various people who run around and make claims that higher education is not a

Bill Gates: It’s OK If Half Of Silicon Valley Startups Are “Silly”

Microsoft Founder Bill Gates doesn’t worry that Silicon Valley is the home of billion-dollar texting apps and farming games. “Innovation in California is at its absolute peak right now. Su

Report: Changing Tax Rules For Tech Giants Would Mean $89 Billion For U.S. Gov

Tech giants, including <a href="https://beta.techcrunch.com/tag/Google">Google</a> to <a href="https://beta.techcrunch.com/tag/Apple">Apple</a>, are notorious fans of offshore tax havens, which saves

Russia Blocks Websites Of Putin’s Critics, Including Chess Star Garry Kasparov

Russia is blocking websites critical of President Vladimir Putin. The Prosecutor General’s office ordered Russian Internet service providers to cut off access to a handful of websites, including

Zuckerberg Called Obama To “Express Frustration” Over Spying’s Threat To Internet Security

Facebook Co-Founder Mark Zuckerberg made a rare posting on his Facebook page to assure his followers that he takes government threats to Internet security seriously. "I've called President Obama to

Study: Men And Women Twice As Likely To Hire A Man For A Math-Based Job

A <a target="_blank" href="http://www.pnas.org/content/early/2014/03/05/1314788111.abstract?sid=6a5de1a9-9a9f-474f-b392-cb1783fe1522">new study</a> reveals why women have a hard time cracking the glas
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