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The ‘Dark Triad’ and Donald Trump: What sends some to the C-suite and others to prison

The ‘Dark Triad’ and Donald Trump: What sends some to the C-suite and others to prison

Every day there are headlines about Donald Trump’s many legal woes. At his ongoing criminal trial in a Manhattan courthouse, the former president of the United States is accused of the inappropriate use of campaign funds to cover up a sexual relationship with former adult film actress Stormy Daniels. Despite Trump’s many legal challenges and his dubious […] … learn more→

Justice Dept plans to reschedule marijuana as a lower-risk drug

Justice Dept plans to reschedule marijuana as a lower-risk drug

The Biden administration moved Tuesday to reclassify marijuana as a lower-risk substance, a person familiar with the plans told CNN, a historic move that acknowledges the medical benefits of the long-criminalized drug and carries broad implications for cannabis-related research and the industry at large. The US Department of Justice recommended that marijuana be rescheduled as a Schedule III […] … learn more→

What is ‘techno-optimism’? 2 technology scholars explain the ideology that says technology is the answer to every problem

What is ‘techno-optimism’? 2 technology scholars explain the ideology that says technology is the answer to every problem

Silicon Valley venture capitalist Marc Andreessen penned a 5,000-word manifesto in 2023 that gave a full-throated call for unrestricted technological progress to boost markets, broaden energy production, improve education and strengthen liberal democracy. The billionaire, who made his fortune by co-founding Netscape – a 1990s-era company that made a pioneering web browser – espouses a concept known as “techno-optimism.” […] … learn more→

Journalism students see an industry in crisis. It’s time to talk about it

Journalism students see an industry in crisis. It’s time to talk about it

It’s hard not to see the journalism industry as one in crisis. In February, Bell Media announced it was ending multiple CTV newscasts, making other programming cuts and selling 45 radio stations. Its parent company, BCE Inc., also announced it is cutting 4,800 jobs “at all levels of the company,” saying fewer than 10 per cent are […] … learn more→

From side hustles to sleeping streams: The truth behind the passive income hype

From side hustles to sleeping streams: The truth behind the passive income hype

A growing cohort of TikTok influencers have begun building platforms by promoting passive income to their followers. Thousands of users regularly share their expertise, tips and advice for how their followers can, theoretically, achieve the same level of passive income without lifting a finger. One influencer claimed to have tried “about every side hustle that exists” […] … learn more→

Should governments ban TikTok? Can they? A cybersecurity expert explains the risks the app poses and the challenges to blocking it

Should governments ban TikTok? Can they? A cybersecurity expert explains the risks the app poses and the challenges to blocking it

The U.S. House of Representatives voted 352-65 on March 13, 2024, to require TikTok’s parent company, China-based ByteDance, to sell the app or face a nationwide ban on TikTok. President Joe Biden said on March 8 that he would sign the legislation if it reached his desk. The popular video social media app had 149 million users in the […] … learn more→

Fintech is sold as the answer to Africa’s problems, but digital money services have downsides which media often overlook

Fintech is sold as the answer to Africa’s problems, but digital money services have downsides which media often overlook

The online financial products and services known as “fintech” have become deeply embedded in the economic and social life of many African countries over the past decade. Headlines across the continent often extol fintech’s virtues. Technology is “driving financial inclusion” and “making life better for people”. It’s helping “consumers to manage inflation”. Fintech is “too […] … learn more→

Data brokers know everything about you – what FTC case against ad tech giant Kochava reveals

Data brokers know everything about you – what FTC case against ad tech giant Kochava reveals

Kochava, the self-proclaimed industry leader in mobile app data analytics, is locked in a legal battle with the Federal Trade Commission in a case that could lead to big changes in the global data marketplace and in Congress’ approach to artificial intelligence and data privacy. The stakes are high because Kochava’s secretive data acquisition and […] … learn more→