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Parenting in the Digital Age

November 23, 2016          

Episode Summary

On The Digital Life podcast this week, we discuss parenting in the digital age. Last month, the American Academy of Pediatrics released a study on Children and Adolescents and Digital Media. The study identified both benefits from the use of digital and social media — like early learning and exposure to new ideas and knowledge — as well as risks — including negative effects on sleep and a higher incidence of obesity and depression.

In this episode we explore setting boundaries for our children in the seemingly boundary-less environment of the digital life.

 
Resources:
When Tech is a Problem Child

Children and Adolescents and Digital Media

Bull Session

Seeing Through Digital Haze

November 18, 2016          

Episode Summary

On The Digital Life podcast this week, we discuss digital influence in the wake of this US presidential election cycle. From Wikileaks to Hillary’s e-mail server, fake news on Facebook to digital online tribes of like thinkers, in this election cyber communication matured into a mammoth force.

Facebook has been accused of helping to spread misinformation and fake news stories that influenced how the American’s voted. And, not only did WikiLeaks release thousands of hacked internal DNC e-mails just before this summer’s Democratic National Convention, it also published e-mails purportedly from John Podesta, the Clinton campaign chairman less than a month before election day. There’s no doubt that digital has become incredibly influential, the question is, what happens next, as misinformation and real facts intertwine online in new ways.

 
Resources:
Facebook, in Cross Hairs After Election, Is Said to Question Its Influence

WikiLeaks grilled on Trump, Assange in rowdy Reddit AMA

Bull Session

Diversity in Tech

November 10, 2016          

Episode Summary

On The Digital Life podcast this week, we discuss diversity in the world of tech, and the cultural, economic and societal factors that contribute to the oftentimes difficult landscape of inclusion in the industry.

 
Resources:
John Maeda Steps into New Role to Help Bring Inclusion to the Tech World
Dear Tech Companies: Focus on Diversity, Not Foosball
The Lack Of Diversity In Tech Is A Cultural Issue

Bull Session

Emerging Tech in 2016

November 4, 2016          

Episode Summary

On The Digital Life podcast this week, we discuss the top emerging technologies of this year based on information from the World Economic Forum, a study by PwC and our own analysis. From nanosensors to drones, synthetic biology to AI, this year has seen a huge crop of emerging technologies move into the
commercial realm and the public consciousness. Join us as we break down our top five, and consider the implications for people, business, and the planet.

 
Resources:
These are the top 10 Emerging Technologies of 2016
What are the eight essential emerging technologies for business?

Bull Session

Internet Takedown

October 27, 2016          

Episode Summary

On The Digital Life podcast this week, we discuss the distributed denial of service attack (DDoS) that took down the Internet on the East Coast for a sustained period of time last Friday. Dyn, a Domain Name System (DNS) services company from New Hampshire was hit with multiple waves of attacks on its Internet directory servers.

This DDoS attack was propagated by an IoT botnet — essentially webcams, DVRs, and routers from all over the world — that were infected with malware. This is a very public example of an IoT outcome that was malicious rather than beneficial, an interesting case study for this emerging technology that raises serious questions about its future implementation.

 
Resources:
What We Know About Friday’s Massive East Coast Internet Outage