Angered over allegations of US spying in Brazil, President Rousseff canceled her state visit this week. Her government also launched a 'big brother' style domestic surveillance program.
'Big Data' impacts how we work, elect our presidents, and play tennis. It also affects the way we're watched.
It's not possible to stop a Bradley Manning or Edward Snowden. They reflect society's push for individualism, suspicion of authority, and digital transparency. Instead, the NSA, FBI, and others must embrace openness, and face greater oversight.
Fracking and shale gas are often portrayed as black or white issues, Grealy writes, when in reality there is a need for shades of gray. And the urgency of the climate change issue means that, with natural gas from shale, we have to make a choice between the perfect and the good.
Some government actions must be clandestine. But US citizens are being told so little about government spying on them that they lack the information they need to have an informed opinion about it.
George Orwell's dystopian classic '1984' has experienced a sales surge since the National Security Agency's surveillance program has been in the headlines.
CourseSmart, technology which tells professors when students are skipping pages, not taking notes, or not opening their textbook at all, is expected to be widely adopted by colleges this fall.