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Analysis and Commentary

COVID-19 Response Will End All The Big Tech Bashing

by Nicolas Petit, Richard Sousavia San Jose Mercury News
Thursday, April 9, 2020

The world is learning that technology firms are responsive, consumer-centric, dynamic organizations.


Russ Roberts: The Human Experience And Technology

interview with Russ Robertsvia Frontier Podcast by
Wednesday, March 18, 2020

Hoover Institution fellow Russ Roberts gives his insights into making space for the human experience in technology, and more.

In the News

Why Twitter Is Bad For Our Cultural Health

quoting Thomas Sowellvia PJ Media
Thursday, March 12, 2020

I confess I was initially appalled by the name “Twitter” and vowed never to subscribe to a medium that called itself something so ridiculous. Nor could I understand how any self-respecting person would agree to “tweet” like a canary bird, originally in 140 — now in 280 — reductive characters, sometimes culminating in a catena of staggered entries. 

In the News

TV Best Bets For The Week Of March 15

mentioning Niall Fergusonvia Las Vegas Review Journal
Thursday, March 12, 2020

Historian and author Niall Ferguson reveals the intersection of social media, technology and cultural movements, demonstrating how human behavior, technology and profit can energize ideas and change the world. In three episodes airing Tuesday, Ferguson untangles issues surrounding social media networks, viral ideas and truth; illustrates how the web shifted to become a profitable network; and explores how democracies are threatened by forces that exploit and weaponize social media.

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George Shultz: Why This Centenarian Statesman Is Hopeful – But Cautious – About The Future

interview with George P. Shultzvia The Christian Science Monitor
Tuesday, March 10, 2020

Hoover Institution fellow George Shultz talks about the state of the world and emphasizes that the world stands at a turning point that will require every bit of the leadership and determination that got mankind through the 20th century.


Social Networks Might Seem Like A Modern-Day Phenomenon But They And Their Problems Have Been Around For Centuries

featuring Niall Fergusonvia PR Newswire
Tuesday, March 10, 2020

Three-part documentary series Niall Ferguson's Networld, premiering March 17 on PBS, provides unique insights from history into the viral spread of ideas and how social media's technology is a battlefield of the future

In the News

Social Networks: A Historical Perspective

featuring Niall Fergusonvia THIRTEEN
Wednesday, February 26, 2020

Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat. Social networking platforms like these connect billions of people each day, spreading information instantly on a global level. It’s become clear that social networks are also dangerously good at spreading fake news and extreme views – and igniting information wars, something that’s especially vexing in an election year.

In the News

Experts Say Deepfakes Could Swing The 2020 Election

quoting John Villasenorvia Inverse
Tuesday, February 11, 2020

It’s 2:00 pm on Monday, November 2nd, the day before the 2020 election. A video of the Democratic candidate saying something unforgivable goes viral on social media. Donald Trump shares the video and harshly condemns his opponent. Cable news outlets feel compelled to discuss the video due to its controversial nature. The next day, while votes are already being cast across the nation, news agencies are able to confirm that the video was a deepfake, but it’s too late.

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The World According To Thiel

interview with Peter A. Thielvia Uncommon Knowledge
Tuesday, February 11, 2020

Why Peter Thiel thinks we should rethink the doctrine of American exceptionalism.

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The World According to Thiel

interview with Peter A. Thielvia Uncommon Knowledge
Tuesday, February 11, 2020


Why Peter Thiel thinks we should rethink the doctrine of American exceptionalism.


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The Task Force on Energy Policy addresses energy policy in the United States and its effects on our domestic and international political priorities, particularly our national security.