Media entrepreneur Saad Mohseni Mohseni describes Afghanistan today as the way the U.S. was in the 1950s. But the rate of change is very much accelerated, meaning "Afghanistan will resemble the western world vis-à-vis media probably in the next five to ten years."
According to the online community that has formed in opposition to the legislation, it amounts to online censorship. But is the controversy really about free speech, or is it just another showdown between rich and powerful Hollywood, and even richer and more powerful Silicon Valley? How will SOPA and PIPA affect everyone?
Internet expert Jonathan Zittrain tells Big Think that the free and open culture inspired by the Internet has empowered anyone with a “shred of artistic talent” to participate in Internet free culture. Now, that free culture could be limited by Congress and the Internet is fighting back.
One need not read all 145 pages of the SOPA and PIPA bills to understand the debate in Washington DC. Big Think has provided a brief guide to the issue for your convenience.
Will the conflict between intellectual property and the value of sharing knowledge be resolved?
The current model of China manufacturing cheap goods for American consumers could soon be history. In the meantime, the human cost of the transition to the robot economy continues to be deeply disturbing, as evidenced by the ongoing drama at Foxconn.
Innumeracy, in a data-driven age, means ceding control and understanding of an substantial chunk of yourself – your online reputation, the scores that colleges and employers use to screen out undesirable candidates – to others.
Think of finance and management expert Zvi Bodie as the benevolent, numerate uncle you never had.
The Martin Luther King Jr. Americans know today is a watered down version of the force that he once was.
High tech gadgets developed for the developing world.
Donating money to worthy causes is important, but how can we make sure we are giving to the right organizations?
Chinese students are attracted to American universities, but what can be done to keep their skills in the country after graduation?
It was a year ago that Ricky Gervais hosted the Golden Globe Awards and joked The Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA) accepts bribes. That joke certainly ruffled some feathers since a former HFPA publicist had just charged in a lawsuit that the association had accepted "payola," bribes ...
The brain is hardwired for storytelling. What stories give us, in the end, is reassurance. And as childish as it may seem, that sense of security – that coherent sense of self – is essential to our survival.