Social media changes back-to-school experience

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Description: Social media has changed the experience of going back to school for kids. By using social media to stay in-touch throughout the summer, kids are able to draw on each others shared content to start conversations and meet new friends. However, for some this might mean enduring more bullying than before. Source: CBC.ca Date:… Read more »

How Technology Democratized Development

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Description: Individuals in Africa are becoming more empowered and productive with the help of their mobile phones. Today, anyone anywhere can make a positive difference in their own – or somebody else’s – community. Source: BBC.com Date: September 7th, 2012 Twenty years ago, if you were information technology-literate and interested in international development, your options… Read more »

Samsung in Hot Seat Over Abusing Chinese Workers

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Description: New York-based China Labor Watch has recently conducted a six month investigation into eight Samsung factories in China. The investigation has unearthed issues that include  safety, work hours and underage workers. Source: theglobeandmail.com Date: September 5th, 2012 Fresh off a billion-dollar loss in a patent fight with rival smartphone maker Apple Inc., embattled Samsung… Read more »

How an Eco-Friendly Fashion Startup Landed on Top Retailers’ Shelves in 6 Months

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Description: Georgetown University buddies Vincent Ko, Luke Lagera and Michael Mills have founded Panda, a Washington, D.C.-based sunglasses maker that uses sustainably-harvested bamboo for its frames. Source: Entrepreneur.com Date: August 29th, 2012 It may sound like a ploy to get shoppers in the door, but the power of “green” and eco-conscious consumers can’t be denied. After all… Read more »

Why California Is Banning Social Media from the Hiring Process

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Description: California is attempting to pass a law that would completely remove social media from the hiring process. This includes denying employers the right to ask candidates for their social media logins and removing social media as a source of determining whether or not a person is “unfit or competent” to fill a position. Source:… Read more »

Should teachers and students be Facebook friends?

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Description: Nkomo Morris is one of many teachers who uses Facebook to communicate with students. Despite the perceived benefits of interacting with students in a comfortable environment, personal and professional lines can quickly become blurred with Facebook usage. Source: cbsnews.com Date: April 19 2012 Should students and teachers ever be friends on Facebook? School districts… Read more »

How a Pile of Student Debt Inspired a Venture-Backed Startup

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Description: Under the staggering debt of post-secondary loans, Rob Ebrahimi saw an opportunity to create a repayment recommendation tool that could help solve debt issues across America. In a sector where scammers and dishonest debt-management services can take advantage of uneducated consumers, ReadyForZero is empowering users to take control of their debt in a simple and… Read more »

Using Homeless as Hotspots for Wi-Fi

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Description: Emma Cookson says her company believes the “homeless hotspots” idea allows them to make money and connect with others. Source: cnn .com Date: March 13, 2012 Questions for discussion: Do you feel that using homeless for hotspots is an appropriate thing to do?  Why? Or Why Not? What is the biggest downside of using… Read more »