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.

Gregory Ferenstein

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

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

This election cycle, the tech elite are almost exclusively backing liberals: Tesla’s Elon Musk donated to Hillary Clinton, Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg gave handsomely to the San Francisco Democratic Party organization,…

The tech elite are moving left this election cycle

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, loans to immigrant…

Silicon Valley Represents An Entirely New Political Category

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,…

When Startups And Revolutions Collide

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 Cicconi, slammed Netflix CEO Reed…

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

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 up…

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

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…

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

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…

White House Crowdsources Campaign To Prove Climate Change Problems

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. Literally. Seattle’s politicians are corrupt,”…

One Seattle Politician Explains Why She Voted To Regulate Uber

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 by the Washington Post.

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

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…

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

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 from…

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

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…

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

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…

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

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…

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

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. Sure,…

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

Tech giants, including Google to Apple, are notorious fans of offshore tax havens, which saves them billions of dollars. A new report from the Bureau of Investigative Journalism finds that…

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

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 the blog…

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

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…

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

A new study reveals why women have a hard time cracking the glass ceiling in the technology industry: both men and women are twice as likely to hire a man…

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

The National Security Agency reportedly has plans to control millions of computers by infecting them with malware, according to documents leaked to The Intercept by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden. “In…

Report: NSA Has Plans To Infect “Millions” Of Computers With Malware

Anne Wojcicki, the founder of the popular direct-to-consumer genetics testing company 23andMe, sat down with us at the SXSW Interactive gathering this past weekend in Austin, Texas to discuss both the promise…

23andMe Founder Discusses The Promises And Perils Of Genetic Information

The Internet has a new trove of beautiful, simple explanations of fundamental scientific principles, from Einstein’s Theory of Special Relativity to quantum mechanics. The much anticipated massive open online course…

Watch Beautiful, Simple Explanations Of Science With World Science U

There are 300-plus million Americans and only 535 members of Congress: simple math is the big reason why it’s difficult to have direct democracy in a country with a 500,000:1…

Congress Members Share A Few Ways Techies Can Influence Them

Whistleblower Edward Snowden addressed the SXSW audience in a rare public Interview today and gave some policy suggestions about how the government can better protect our 4th Amendment rights. The…

Snowden: “We Need A Watchdog That Watches Congress”

Whistleblower Edward Snowden gave a rare public interview today at the technology mega-conference, SXSW. When asked whether we should fear surveillance from government or Google more, Snowden argued that the…

Snowden: We Have More To Fear From Government Surveillance Than Google

Google Director of Ideas and former technology advisor to former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Jared Cohen, says that digital “crypto-currencies” like Bitcoin are here to stay. “I think it’s…

Google’s Jared Cohen: It’s “Obvious” Bitcoin-Like Currencies Are “Inevitable”

Wikileaks founder Julian Assange gave a rare talk via video at annual tech mega-conference SXSW, where he came out swinging not only at President Obama but also Google and Facebook.…

Assange Says NSA Holds The Power In The Obama Administration

The White House is so happy with its internal residential hackers program that it’s making room for another round of job opportunities. Members of the Presidential Innovation Fellows program work…

The White House Is Looking For More Innovation Fellows

Google’s Eric Schmidt told a SXSW audience in Austin today that Google is “very, very worried about” the growing financial inequality and subsequent protests in San Francisco. “The average person there…

Google’s Schmidt Says Inequality Will Be Number One Issue For Democracies