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Privacy and Europe’s data protection law: Problems and implications for the US

The European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), Europe’s response to the digital age and the accompanying collection of personally identifiable information on a massive scale, goes into effect May 25. It harmonizes privacy guidelines across the 28 EU member states, but the implications of the GDPR are further reaching — it’s causing businesses across […]

Posted on May 10, 2018

Now That’s Artificial Intelligence: 1 in 5 Men Willing to Implant Internet into Brain if it was Safe, According to Vrge Internet Attitudes Survey

Washington, DC, Dec. 13, 2017 – Forget Alexa, one in five American males are willing to go the next step and actually implant the Internet into their brain, providing it was safe, according to a new Vrge Analytics survey released today that looks at evolving attitudes on technology. Perhaps just as interesting, the number of […]

Posted on December 12, 2017

iPhone’s anniversary is a reminder that regulatory headwinds are ahead

This article was originally published on The Hill. When the iPhone was released 10 years ago this week, it was a seminal moment in technology with news media reporting on the huge lines at Apple stores and the early adopters ready and willing to be among the first to purchase the prized gadget. But like […]

Posted on June 28, 2017

WHOOP There it Is …

Earlier this week, Major League Baseball became the first American professional sports league to approve the use of biometric monitors – aka wearables – on the field of play. Made by WHOOP, teams cannot force players to wear the devices. Where will this go? The power of healthcare wearables to educate us about our bodies […]

Posted on March 9, 2017

How tech industry should respond in the age of Trump

Technology companies, and their CEOs, investors and founders, are faced with a quandary now that Donald Trump is our president — how to respond to the latest Trump outrage that defies political norms and, in some cases, runs counter to the values of our digital culture. Should you fire off a tweet or blog post […]

Posted on February 10, 2017

Making the Leap from Fitness Trackers to Medical Solutions

In one of his final trips in office, Vice President Joe Biden ventured cross country to speak about the Cancer Moonshot 2020 global initiative to cure cancer at the J.P. Morgan Healthcare Conference (and eat a grilled cheese sandwich). The visit is a great sign for a health tech industry fueled by the “quantified self” […]

Posted on January 27, 2017

How Seattle Can Save America

Faces were sullen and comments were hard to come by as the parade of tech executives shuffled up to 25th floor of Trump Tower for their summit with the president-elect. Like most who live and work in America’s innovation hubs like Seattle, Silicon Valley and Boston, they were blindsided by the results of the 2016 […]

Posted on January 3, 2017

Americans Love Tech, But Expect it to Kill Jobs

SurveyMonkey’s Jon Cohen shared some of the surprising data we found in our post-election “Tech in The Age of Trump” research on American attitudes toward the tech industry, the economy, globalization, and the president elect. Despite incredible support for value the technology industry current provides to Americans and the economy, the research exposed some concerns […]

Posted on November 29, 2016

Tech in The Age of Trump

Americans have a love/fear relationship with technology, appreciating how it has bridged the gap between the rich and poor but many are concerned it will be a job-destroyer in the future, according to a new post-election Vrge Strategies survey using SurveyMonkey. Technology’s impact on the economy looms large as American voters are at partisan odds […]

Posted on November 18, 2016

For Silicon Valley, It’s Time to Engineer Like It’s 1999

In 1999, I was part of perhaps the most ambitious, audacious – and failed – social experiments ever endeavored. It was called NetAid, a program spearheaded by Cisco and the United Nations to use this new thing called the Internet to connect people in need around the world with the doctors, engineers and social workers […]

Posted on November 18, 2016
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