Social Media, Social Change and Truth or Consequences

Tom Still, president of the Wisconsin Technology Council writes: “The startling rise of social media in less than 15 years has changed how people live, work and play – largely for the better, but also in ways that have corrosive effects.” He notes, that those changes “will remake how we get our food, clothing, shelter, health care, education, entertainment and more.” In the meantime, “…it’s time for Big Tech to affirm that trust by making smart choices about how to better protect its users.” Read Still’s new column on the next page.

Republicans want to let robocallers spam your voicemail

Dinner is set but the phone rings, and when you pick up it isn’t a friend, or someone you know, sometimes it’s not even a person. It’s a robocall.

Robocalls for years have managed to catch people at the most inopportune moments, and the shift from landlines to mobile phones hasn’t seemed to prevent all those fake tax collectors and mortgage vendors from calling in.

How One Startup Built Better Health Insurance With the Magic of Data

For 12.2 Million Americans, signing up for health insurance in 2017 was a leap of faith: that Obamacare would make it through the year, that the health exchanges wouldn’t collapse, that premiums wouldn’t put their families on the street. For the 54,000 New Yorkers who used those exchanges to join Oscar—a millennial-beckoning insurance startup cofounded by Jared Kushner’s younger brother, Joshua—the 2017 enrollment period wasn’t just uncertain. It was, well, kind of bleak.

Hackers Find Celebrities’ Weak Links in Their Vendor Chains

In December, hackers impersonating an executive at Interscope Records, the record label owned by Universal Music Group, managed to bypass all the latest in digital defenses with a simple email.

In a carefully tailored message, the hackers urged an executive at September Management, a music management business, and another at Cherrytree Music Company, a management and record company, to send them Lady Gaga’s stem files — files used by music engineers and producers for remixing and remastering.

3 Things Millennials Want from Employers

For employers, hiring and retaining young employees has become more difficult than ever before. Today’s young IT workers are often looking for different things in a job than their older counterparts are.

Both research and anecdotal evidence suggest that the millennial generation, those born between 1981 and 2000, behave and think quite differently than previous generations. In comparison with other Americans, people in their 20s and early 30s are more likely to be liberal democrats, less likely to own their own home, less likely to be married, more likely to have a lot of debt and more likely to enjoy digital activities like video games and social media.

Watch Hackers Sabotage an Industrial Robot Arm

When the cybersecurity industry warns of digital threats to the “internet of things,” the targets that come to mind are ill-conceived, insecure consumer products like hackable lightbulbs and refrigerators. But one group of researchers has shown how hackers can perform far more serious physical sabotage: tweaking an industrial robotic arm to cost millions of dollars worth of product defects, and possibly to damage the machinery itself or its human operator.