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Kaila Colbin

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  • Forget Facebook And The Macedonians: Is Google Responsible For the Post-Truth Era?  in Online Spin on 12/09/2016

    The ad started showing up in my Facebook feed in the past weeks: "Subscribe to the New York Times," it said. "Fact-based reporting." In our current post-truth era, fact-based is now a unique value proposition.

  • The One Essential Skill You Need In The Facebook Era  in Online Spin on 11/18/2016

    "If I were to run, I'd run as a Republican. They're the dumbest group of voters in the country... I could lie and they'd still eat it up. I bet my numbers would be terrific," said Donald Trump in a 1998 People magazine interview. Except, of course, he didn't.

  • For The Love Of Pete, Vote in Online Spin on 11/04/2016

    November 7, 2000. Election night. Ken and I are wandering through the French Quarter of New Orleans, popping in and out of bars and taking in the sights. I haven't voted. I'm not at home, and the absentee ballot, quite frankly, seemed like kind of a pain in the ass -- especially since my vote wouldn't really make much difference. Why bother?

  • Security And Privacy Concerns Not Just A Yahoo Problem  in Online Spin on 10/21/2016

    Yahoo: Time of death, oh about a week ago," said the headline in the IT Professionals newsletter I just got. The reason? The hacking that compromised up to a billion accounts. The secret backdoor access so the company could scan every email coming through the system, looking for certain keywords flagged by the Feds. The general "aimless wandering" of the company. These reasons certainly seem legitimate, and create a tempting opportunity for those who care about Internet security and privacy to get up on our high horses and sneer derisively about how far one of the original titans of the Web has fallen. But to do so, I believe, would be missing the point. The point is not that Yahoo is terrible, or that it's past its prime. The point is not actually about Yahoo at all.

  • Theranos & Hampton Creek: Two Stories Too Good To Be True in Online Spin on 09/30/2016

    Venture capitalists love a feel-good backstory. But two recent high-profile Valley implosions would make it seem that the feelgood-ness of the story is more important than whether it's, yaknow, true.

  • Facebook's Censorship Of Napalm Girl Is History Repeating  in Online Spin on 09/16/2016

    She's known as the "Napalm Girl," and she appears in a photograph called "The Terror of War," taken by Nick Ut. In it, she is young, naked and clearly terrified. Ut won the Pulitzer Prize for the photo in 1973, which is credited with turning the tide of public opinion and leading to the end of the Vietnam War. This picture -- this image of unfathomably vast historical importance, of undeniably significant social commentary -- was removed from Facebook last week, when the social network's algorithms detected the nudity and deleted it from the account of the Norwegian newspaper Aftenposten, which had posted the image.

  • Why The SpaceX Explosion Won't Hold Elon Musk Back in Online Spin on 09/02/2016

    To be an entrepreneur, you basically have to be comfortable with everyone you know thinking you're a nutjob. Which brings us to Elon Musk.

  • What Skills Do Your Kids Need For The Future? Try This in Online Spin on 08/19/2016

    I don't know what the jobs of the future look like. There may not even be jobs. But regardless, there are some things the world needs people to study urgently: things like philosophy, ethics, behavioral science, psychology and the like. We urgently need to better understand why we do what we do, and what our moral frameworks are. It's not that we shouldn't teach technology. Technology is, in fact, the very reason we need more kids to study philosophy and ethics.

  • Well, *Obviously* People Are Changing Their Minds About Self-Driving Cars  in Online Spin on 08/05/2016

    "Self-driving cars are coming but most people don't want one," wrote MediaPost writer Chuck Martin back in March, citing a study of people 15 to 90 years old. Two weeks later, he followed it up with this final stat: 63% of kids aged 8 to 18 "would prefer to do the driving rather than letting the vehicle handle the task." Really? People are resistant to new technology? What a surprise. Surely if a poll says people don't want a new thing, it won't happen, right?

  • Political Awareness In The Facebook Age  in Online Spin on 07/22/2016

    We're just finished one presidential convention, heading toward another -- and it's not my job to discuss the candidates or their positions. Instead, I want to discuss the way we come to conclusions about the candidates and their positions: the quality of our data, the depth of our knowledge, the level of our ability to make informed decisions.

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