Entries by Chona Freedman

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The Baby, The Bathwater and The Backlash

It’s been a long time coming. But not all that long. After 30 years of exploration, we find ourselves at war with the Internet we created. Vices often begin as prescriptions for what ails us. It took about 100 years to first popularize and then condemn cigarette smoking. Before the 1800’s you could use cocaine […]

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Farts and Boogers are Back in Style

You can tell a lot about a nation by the games it plays. And boy, what a difference a year can make. Just one year ago at Toy FairNY, one of the largest showcases for the toy industry, words like “inclusivity” and “diversity”, and categories like robots, coding building and STEM education were the buzz of […]

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Data Has a PR Problem

“In God we trust; all others bring data”. The rallying cry of the data-driven analytical thinking has shaped our lives for the last two decades. Google, IBM, Facebook, Amazon ravenously gobble and analyze data 24/7 in the hopes of gaining insights into how we live, shop, vote, get educated and get medically diagnosed, just to […]

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Techie Savior Syndrome and the Future of Digital Health

Silicon Valley’s behavioral pattern is, by now, predictable. They recognize a pattern in need of disruption and then swoop in, like binary superheroes, to set things right. Whether it’s education, entertainment, or health, there’s something about calling in the techies that’s like calling in the consultants. They’re often removed from the problem, and almost never […]