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No one reads online privacy policies

This article was originally posted on the Medium publication The Benchmark Perhaps the most common activity on the internet today is mindlessly agreeing to terms of service (ToS). We’ve all been there. If you have ever signed up for new services at websites like

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Who benefits from the gig economy?

The short answer: Everyone. Much has been written about the growth of the gig economy, and many have tried to estimate just how fast it’s growing. In 2016, economists Lawrence Katz and Alan Krueger released research showing that the percentage of the American workforce made up of alternative work arrangements had grown by more than 50 percent. […]

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Who benefits from the gig economy?

This article was originally posted on the Medium publication The Benchmark Much has been written about the growth of the gig economy, and many have tried to estimate just how fast it’s growing. In 2016, economists Lawrence Katz and Alan Krueger

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What fracking can teach us about solving climate change

It will take serious innovation to reduce global carbon emissions, but history suggests that a solution is not as far off as we might think January 15th, the US Energy Information Administration released a report highlighting expected trends in energy production and consumption through 2020. Among those highlights was a forecast that US carbon emissions are […]

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What fracking can teach us about solving climate change

It will take serious innovation to reduce global carbon emissions, but history suggests that a solution is not as far off as we might think This article was originally posted on the Medium publication The Benchmark On January 15th, the US Energy Information

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Parks over politics

The latest government shutdown shows that America’s national parks are too important for politics The current government shutdown is now the longest in U.S. history. Because of its length, it’s also turning out to be more painful than any other before it, and government employees face the prospect of a second missed paycheck. And while the government shutdown has […]

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Parks over politics

The current government shutdown is now the longest in U.S. history. Because of its length, it’s also turning out to be more painful than any other before it, and government employees face the prospect of a second missed paycheck. And while the government shutdown has

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We should welcome the future of work

Technology is changing today’s workplace. That’s a good thing. Last year, Pew Research Center highlighted the growing concern across the world that robots and computers pose a significant threat to future work opportunities. In every country surveyed, a majority of respondents said that robots and computers will “probably” or “definitely” take over most of the jobs we […]

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We should welcome the future of work

Technology is changing today’s workplace. That’s a good thing. This article was originally posted on the Medium publication The Benchmark Last year, Pew Research Center highlighted the growing concern across the

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Is data privacy a market failure?

In the high-stakes fight over privacy regulation, we seem to be forgetting the most important question. This article was originally posted on the Medium publication The Benchmark In his opening remarks during this past September’s Senate Commerce Committee

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