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Time for a Tech Ethics Council

As technology continues to outpace society’s ability to keep up with and assess it, it’s time for the creation of a national Tech Ethics Council. Composed of expert scientists, engineers, computer scientists and ethicists, such a council is needed to make simple and clear recommendations about complex moral and ethical issues . Photo courtesy of New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) The recent misuse of technology — when terrorists likely used encrypted messages for attacks around the globe — was shocking but predictable. The list of things to worry about and how technology can be abused or create unintended consequences is getting quite long and needs to be addressed. Recently in New Jersey a drone crashed into a car near an oil refinery and, apparently, the drone operator just grabbed the device and took off. If it had crashed into that refinery, it may have been a homeland-security nightmare

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How to Infuse Social Media into a Conference of Tech-Naive Attendees

Conferences have long been opportunities to connect, share information, develop new working relationships and uncover new ways to approach solutions to vexing problems. Before the widespread use of technology and social media, that information was limited to those in attendance. Even then, connecting with other attendees could be difficult. Anyone unable to attend the conference missed out all together! The rising use of social media (most commonly Twitter) at conferences, allows information to be rapidly and widely shared with audiences beyond conference attendees. Although Twitter has increased in both popularity and use at conferences filled with communications, marketing, technology, and business professionals, the use of Twitter at conferences for many other academic disciplines has been slow to catch on. In part, this may be because many conference planners don’t take into account the opportunity a proactive social media strategy could have in generating buzz, attendance, media coverage and other positive marketing outcomes

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Age of the Customer and Social Selling

We’ve all heard the creative examples and call outs of well-known retail brands that are driving product sales through Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. These examples need to become the rule. Every industry and every brand can — and should — use social media to connect with customers. An airline can see where passengers are facing delays and proactively send them to the right agents to book them onto new flights.

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George Zimmerman’s Horrific Twitter Is Gone, And It Won’t Be Missed

George Zimmerman, the man who shot and killed unarmed black teenager Trayvon Martin in 2012, has been suspended from Twitter. Twitter took down Zimmerman’s account, @TherealGeorgeZ, on Thursday after multiple sources report he posted topless photos of a woman he said was his ex-girlfriend, and shared what he claimed were her email address and phone number. “She cheated on me with a dirty Muslim,” Zimmerman wrote in one tweet. “She’ll sleep with anyone.” He also accused the woman of stealing cash and a gun. Zimmerman’s brother, Robert Zimmerman, confirmed to The Huffington Post in September that @TherealGeorgeZ, is authentic

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10 Microaggressions Older People Will Recognize Immediately

Complaints about microaggressions — the small everyday slights (intended or otherwise) that harbor an underlying attitude of racism, sexism or homophobia — have been making the rounds of college campuses and workplaces. Microaggressions are things like touching a black man’s dreadlocks or asking an Asian student where she’s really from after she tells you “Queens.” But what’s missing from the national conversation are the microaggressions of ageism — the subtle things people say and do that show a bias against older people. Microaggressions impact older people in the same ways they do members of racial and ethnic minorities — eroding self-esteem, causing distress and worst of all, closing doors to opportunities that should be open. A joke isn’t funny if it harms people.

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How Zuckerberg’s LLC Could Be More Effective Than Charity

Mark Zuckerberg took a page out of his “hero” Bill Gates’ book on Tuesday when he unveiled his new philanthropic group, but the Facebook CEO is adding his own twist to the initiative. When Zuckerberg introduced his daughter, Max, on Tuesday, he also revealed his, and his wife’s plan to launch the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative. The couple plans on eventually donating 99 percent of their Facebook shares, valued at $45 billion, to the effort, but the initiative is a little different than what Zuckerberg’s mentors have heralded. The tech mogul has said he’s long admired Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates who, together with his wife Melinda, have devoted a sizable portion of their wealth to solving global crises. But unlike Gates, Zuckerberg’s eponymous foundation will have more leeway in how it allocates its funds.  Unlike the Gates Foundation, which is a tax-exempt nonprofit organization, the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative is a limited-liability corporation (LLC).

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No One Admits They ‘Text-Walk.’ Everyone Admits It’s A Bad Idea.

People who simultaneously text and walk are “annoying as hell,” as The Huffington Post reported back in July. There’s scientific evidence to support this claim. And now a survey from the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons confirms that 78 percent of U.S. adults find the habit not just annoying, but also a “serious” issue.

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This Cake Photo Is Going Viral For A Sweet Reason

When Lisa Sarber Aldrich of Grand Rapids, Michigan asked a grocery store bakery employee to write on a cake for her, she thought it was a task that was easy as pie. What she got in return looked a little half-baked — but, being a decent human being, she didn’t overreact.  Picked out a cake at Meijer. Asked bakery-looking-employee if she could write on it for me. She said she would, and… Posted by Lisa Sarber Aldrich on  Sunday, November 29, 2015 “I thought it looked sloppy, but I was headed to a party where people would probably laugh about it and not take it seriously. It wasn’t worth making a big deal out of it,” Aldrich told The Huffington Post

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