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The Debate Between the US Government and the Tech Industry About Encryption, Explained

The Debate Between the US Government and the Tech Industry About Encryption, Explained

In an unusually contentious political season, there seems to be one thing that unites leaders from both parties: the need to thwart terrorists using encrypted messages. Everybody from President Obama and Hillary Clinton to Donald Trump and Jeb Bush are calling on the private sector to facilitate backdoors for security officials. The tech industry, for its part, has balked. A letter to ...

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Brexit as an Innovation Opportunity

Brexit as an Innovation Opportunity

What we should be thinking about now is less how to put the broken eggs back together again, and more about how to use this instance to innovate the structure of government and how we intend to provide good governance to the people in the UK, in the EU, and more broadly what this event means in a global context.

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Why Some Movements Succeed and Others Fail

On September 17, 2011, Occupy Wall Street took over Zuccotti Park, in the heart of the financial district in Lower Manhattan. Declaring, “We are the 99%,” they captured the attention of the nation. Within a few months, however, the park was cleared and the protesters went home, achieving little, if anything.

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Spinglish for Innovators

Why is Spinglish important to innovation practitioners? All innovation has a political dimension and requires selling ideas (sometimes over and over and over again) and being able to translate possibilities into commitment, action, investment. It’s probably wise to be alert to the Spinglish on the other side of the table, and from time to time, using some spinning can be practical.

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Every Day is Election Day

Too many women who want to seek and hold public office are afraid to dive in. Some think merely jumping in is corrupting. Others think you have to be an insider to win. Some will only enter with an invitation, after someone else decides they’ve earned it. But when you jump in the political pool on your own and assert your right to be there, whether you’re fighting a righteous cause or because you want to be a political somebody, don’t assume the competition will be fair. To choose another metaphor, take the hits, go back to your corner, wipe the sweat off your brow, and come back swinging.

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