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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Facebook’s Only Option To Boost Voter Turnout Is Completely Unethical

Facebook and CNN <a target="_blank" href="http://gov20.govfresh.com/social-citizenship-cnn-and-facebook-to-partner-on-im-voting-app-in-2012-election/">recently announced an ambitious partnership</a> t

Forget Real Life! New Study Contradicts Existence of ‘Facebook Depression’

Despite ominous warnings about "Facebook Depression," an allegedly new mental illness of depression and anxiety caused by overuse of social media, a new level-headed scientific study reveals that soci

Zombie SOPA? Congressman Introduces Pieces Of Defeated Bill, With Support From Former Opponent Issa

It's alive! Hollywood darling U.S. Representative Lamar Smith is attempting to reanimate <a target="_blank" href="http://www.techdirt.com/articles/20120709/12574819634/lamar-smith-looking-to-sneak-thr

Ron Paul’s Anti-Net Neutrality ‘Internet Freedom’ Campaign Distorts Liberty

The libertarian super-duo, Congressman Ron Paul and his son, U.S. Senator Rand Paul, <a target="_blank" href="http://mashable.com/2012/07/06/ron-rand-paul-internet-freedom/">launched an "Internet Free

Teenage Sexting Is Becoming The Norm

"Under most existing laws, if our findings were extrapolated nationally, several million teens could be prosecuted for child pornography," <a target="_blank" href="http://mashable.com/2012/07/05/teen-

SparkTruck Is A Force For STEM Education On Wheels

Budget cuts and bureaucracy have kept engineering equipment from our nation's schools, so a scrappy Stanford team is taking a truck chock-full of fun tools to the students themselves. SparkTruck liter

Thanks, Science! New Study Says CrunchBase Is An Information Treasure Trove

"I believe CrunchBase will gain a lot of attention from the academia soon, which is always eager for high-quality data set," writes Guang Xiang of Carnegie Mellon University, <a target="_blank" href="

Berkeley Study: For MBAs, Happiness Isn’t About the Money

"Well after the point that Facebook's valuation passed $1B, Mark still lived in a small, crappy apartment and slept on a mattress on the floor. All he really cared about was work and he spent most of

F*** Yeah! Supreme Court Tosses Out “Vague” FCC Indecency Fines Against Fox And ABC

Public airwaves may be one step closer to becoming an indecent wasteland of swearing, nudity, and violence—a victory for First Amendment-lovers everywhere. <a target="_blank" href="http://www.hollyw

Jimmy Wales, On New Editing Platform: “This Is Epically Important”

"This is epically important," tweeted Wikipedia co-founder Jimmy Wales, about a new simplified editing platform aimed at massively expanding the number of people who contribute to the online encyclope

Dear Klout, This Is How You Measure Influence

"Up until now, we've thought a lot about influence in terms of how big someone's microphone is," NYU Professor of Business Sinan Aral, tells TechCrunch, "A more important question is, how much does so

Knight Foundation Bets Mobile Sensor Startup, Behav.io, Is The Future of Journalism

"Our social networks are not Facebook," says Nadav Aharony, an Android project manager and one of the six winners of the Knight Foundation's $1.3 million in grants for media innovation. Instead of i

Congressman Issa Launches Direct Democracy Technology Lab, Seeks Developers

"We can draft anything, but will we go to the masses?" said Congressman Darrell Issa (R-CA), creator of Congress's little-known online crowdsourcing legislative platform, Project Madison. Today, at th

MIT Psychologist, Sherry Turkle, Says Facebook For Pre-Teens Is ‘Agonizing’

"I don't think this is such a good idea. I think that 13's and above are having a hard enough time around some of the pressures of Facebook," argues, MIT Psychologist, <a target="_blank" href="http://

Kinect Reveals The Next Job To Be Replaced By Computers: Sports Coaches

"It's just as good as getting a personal instructor," says basketball coach Julio Agosto, speaking on the Xbox Kinect's new dribbling game, <em>NBA Baller Beats</em>. Agosto, an <a target="_blank" hr

How to Get Involved With The White House Digital Road Map

President Obama's technology advisors are looking for some "kick ass" fellows to work on the White House's <a href="https://beta.techcrunch.com/2012/05/23/the-21st-century-gold-rush-announced-at-disru

The 21st Century Gold Rush Announced At Disrupt: Raw Data

President Obama has a "high geek quotient" according to his senior technology advisor, Todd Park. Park and U.S. CIO Steven VanRoekel announced five major federal initiatives at <em>TechCrunch</em> Dis

The President’s Tech Gurus Want A Few Good Men And Women At TechCrunch Disrupt NYC Next Week

The <a href="https://beta.techcrunch.com/2012/05/09/president-obamas-tech-gurus-are-coming-to-techcrunch-disrupt/">President's technology gurus</a>, US CTO Todd Park and CIO Steven VanRoekel, will be

Hacker High School, GameDesk, Aims To Create A Generation of Makers

Facebook created a <a href="https://beta.techcrunch.com/2012/05/16/facebook-data-val-you-calculator/">$100 billion</a> empire on top of a "<a href="https://beta.techcrunch.com/2012/02/01/facebook-ipo-

Why The Internet Doesn’t Make Us Care More About Politics

American politics used to be fun: frequent political carnivals in the 19th century would mix parties, parades, and political speeches in an endless stream of local civic life. As a result, America had
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