gregory Ferenstein

Gregory Ferenstein is a San Francisco-based writer and teaches math for journalists through the Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas. He is the publisher of The Ferenstein Wire.

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Report: NSA Has Plans To Infect “Millions” Of Computers With Malware

The National Security Agency reportedly has plans to control millions of computers by infecting them with malware, according to documents leaked to The Intercept by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden. &

23andMe Founder Discusses The Promises And Perils Of Genetic Information

Anne Wojcicki, the founder of the popular direct-to-consumer genetics testing company 23andMe, sat down with us at the SXSW Interactive gathering this past weekend in Austin, Texas to discuss both t

Watch Beautiful, Simple Explanations Of Science With World Science U

The Internet has a new trove of beautiful, simple explanations of fundamental scientific principles, from Einstein’s Theory of Special Relativity to quantum mechanics. The much anticipated massi

Congress Members Share A Few Ways Techies Can Influence Them

There are 300-plus million Americans and only 535 members of Congress: simple math is the big reason why it’s difficult to have direct democracy in a country with a 500,000:1 ratio of legislator

Snowden: “We Need A Watchdog That Watches Congress”

Whistleblower Edward Snowden addressed the SXSW audience in a rare public Interview today and gave some policy suggestions about how the government can better protect our 4th Amendment rights. The goo

Snowden: We Have More To Fear From Government Surveillance Than Google

Whistleblower Edward Snowden gave a rare public interview today at the technology mega-conference, SXSW. When asked whether we should fear surveillance from government or Google more, Snowden argued t

Google’s Jared Cohen: It’s “Obvious” Bitcoin-Like Currencies Are “Inevitable”

Google Director of Ideas and former technology advisor to former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Jared Cohen, says that digital "crypto-currencies" like Bitcoin are here to stay. "I think it's ver

Assange Says NSA Holds The Power In The Obama Administration

Wikileaks founder Julian Assange gave a rare talk via video at annual tech mega-conference SXSW, where he came out swinging not only at President Obama but also Google and Facebook. Assange claimed th

The White House Is Looking For More Innovation Fellows

The White House is so happy with its internal residential hackers program that it’s making room for another round of job opportunities. Members of the Presidential Innovation Fellows program wor

Google’s Schmidt Says Inequality Will Be Number One Issue For Democracies

Google’s Eric Schmidt told a SXSW audience in Austin today that Google is “very, very worried about” the growing financial inequality and subsequent protests in San Francisco. &#822

Congressman Denounces SXSW For Allowing Snowden To Speak

A member of the House Intelligence Committee is denouncing the massive technology conference, SXSW, for allowing NSA whistleblower, Edward Snowden, to deliver a keynote. “Rewarding Mr. Snowden’s b

Senators Want In-Flight Calls Banned, Warn They Will Cause Fights

Two U.S. Senators warn that allowing in-flight calls will cause hostility among cramped passengers. “We are concerned that the addition of this entirely avoidable aggravation of a confined space

Study Shows Why It’s Worth Your Employer’s Money To Buy Everyone Walking Desks

Desk jobs are slowly killing us. <a target="_blank" href="">Perhaps even worse than dying early</a>, our office-potato lives are making us more <a target="_blank

Tech Rights Lawyer And Entrepreneur Christina Gagnier Is Running For Congress

Silicon Valley’s role in the upcoming midterm elections is already getting a lot more interesting with a new tech-savvy candidate in the race who is looking to fill the unexpected departure of o

CIA Accused Of Spying On Intelligence Committee

Senator Mark Udall has written a blistering letter to President Barack Obama, claiming he knew of the “unprecedented action” of CIA spying on members of the Senate Intelligence Committee,

Khan Academy Gets Rare Partnership To Close Wealth Gap In College Test Prep

Widely popular online learning platform Khan Academy closed a rare exclusive partnership with the College Board to bring free test prep software to the masses. As the College Board overhauls the panic

Congressman Calls To Ban U.S. Dollar In Response To Plea For Bitcoin Ban

Congressman Jared Polis is calling on the Treasury to ban physical dollars in response to Senator Manchin’s plea to ban Bitcoin. “The exchange of dollar bills, including high denomination

US Accuses Sprint Of Fraudulently Overcharging Millions For Surveillance Requests

The United States is seeking millions from Sprint for allegedly overcharging authorities for the compensation normally paid for assistance with controversial surveillance programs. Sprint inflated

Can Facebook’s Massive Courses Improve Education For Developing Nations?

Facebook is on a mission to prove that social media-empowered education can help some of the poorest nations on Earth. It recently announced a big industry and Ivy League alliance to bring experimenta

UK Advisor Involved In Britain’s Internet Filter Arrested For Child Porn

A top British Prime Minister advisor, who helped design the country’s controversial Internet filtering program, has been arrested for possessing child pornography. Patrick Rock was arrested at h
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