February 5, 2012
In his Jan. 28 op-ed, " Why we should work less ," Richard Schiffman made the case that we're all working too much and should consider working less. There's something to that, I think. Unfortunately, Mr. Schiffman seems to see it as a battle in the war between the haves and the have-nots. Rather, I'd suggest that the nature of work is changing. And there's a good chance that we're all working more than the generation before. But technology, not politics, is behind the shift. Many employees are expected to be reachable on vacations and...
July 15, 2013 |
Technology in the classroom has made students better collaborators, but not necessarily better writers, a new study says. The survey by Pew Research Center's Internet & American Life Project found that most teachers thought the use of technology — from tablet devices to Google Docs — encouraged collaboration among students in middle and high schools. But teachers were worried about students using informal language and improper citations in their writing. The use of shared blogs in classrooms led students...
June 7, 2013 |
Expanded government surveillance was cast as a price of war in the aftermath of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks. Yet nearly a dozen years later, the war on terrorism is showing signs of ebbing while the surveillance systems created to fight it continue unabated. If anything, they are becoming more powerful. That's because the nation went to a war footing at a time of profound technological change that fueled an explosion of personal data. Governments and businesses have developed the ability to...
August 11, 2013
In " Life hacking ," an Aug. 4 Technology and Innovation article, Evgeny Morozov asked if new technology and smartphones have freed or enslaved us. I work in digital media. Technology and apps have freed me from the 9-to-5 rat race to compete in my own race against myself and on my own time and terms. Technology gives us the ability to strike our own appropriate balance: We use it to help us succeed, but it also gives us new and different opportunities to unplug and revive. Mark Bohay , Alexandria
January 26, 2012 |
The world today is very different from the one that we were in even 10 years ago. Teenagers nowadays share their passwords as a show of affection ... yes, really. We're a generation that has seen immense (particularly technological) change — and have adapted to it pretty seamlessly. We're good at that. We own cell phones , computers; we're on social media ; we've joined the digital revolution without really giving it a second thought. Because when something is as ubiquitous as media and technology, we usually...
February 15, 2013 |
The Securities and Exchange Commission plans to launch computer software this year to spot accounting anomalies, including potential fraud, in the financial statements that companies file with the agency. The software would scan a firm's financial disclosures, assess risk factors and generate a score based on a model developed by the agency, Craig Lewis, the SEC's chief economist, said in a recent speech. The score would be used to identify outliers within a peer group. "It is a model that allows us to...