Our Top Health + Tech Stories of 2014

12.31.14

Our Top Health + Tech Stories of 2014

12.31.14
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Our top health and technology stories from the past year.

The Axiom Report: Cybersecurity and Its Impact on China-U.S. Relations

By Franz-Stefan Gady

The latest revelations surrounding the Chinese cyberespionage group Axiom have once more highlighted the increasing tensions between the United States and the People’s Republic of China (PRC) in cyberspace.

Why States are Right to Quarantine Ebola Workers

By Daniel Wagner

However unpopular or uneasy it makes some, the Ebola quarantine protocol for medical workers returning from Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone is the right and safe thing to do.

via Twitter

via Twitter

Ebola’s Message: Close the Borders Now!

By Daniel Wagner and Ian Wilkie

It is expected that rates of Ebola infections is expected to reach 10,000 per week by December for Guinea, Sierra Leone, and Liberia. This begs the question why the borders to those country’s haven’t been closed by the UN and the WHO.

Ebola and U.S. National Security

By Daniel Wagner and Ian Wilkie

A growing chorus of health experts are expressing concern that the Ebola virus may be able to spread through droplets suspended in the air, which would explain the exponential risk in Ebola infections and deaths this year.

Ebola Crisis: Africa Needs More Home-Trained Doctors

By Steven Davis

The Ebola epidemic dramatically illustrates developing countries’ dire need for their own home-educated health professionals.

Wired

Wired

Automating Warfare: MonsterMind and Cloudy Diplomacy in Cyberspace

By Arman Sidhu

Via Edward Snowden, he has issued his newest installment of the National Security Agency’s technological advances in cyberspace. MonsterMind, hunts down cyber threats and then retaliates against those systems.

Gluttons of Information: The Metadata Confusion in Oz

By Binoy Kampmark

Both Australian Prime Minister, Tony Abbott, and his Attorney-General, George Brandis, seem confused about what metadata actually constitutes.

The Entrepreneurial Bomb: Kim Dotcom and Internet Politics

By Binoy Kampmark

Like other cyber celebrities, Biz Dotcom has sought to maximize his exposure and if he has his way he’ll make a mockery of the the New Zealand political scene.

Unnatural Disasters: Why High-Containment Biolabs Need Better Oversight

By Alexandra Peters and Ioana Puscas

The discovery of 60 year old vials of smallpox in a storage facility sheds light on how high-containment biolabs need better oversight.

The CIA Helped Win the Space Race

By Timothy W. Coleman

Recently declassified documents from the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) present a clearer picture of the all-encompassing and wide reaching efforts to win the Cold War’s Space Race.

Anthrax, Smallpox and the CDC: Keeping our Priorities Straight

By Brian Hanley

Recent media attention has conveyed concern about possible exposure to anthrax at the CDC. However, unless it is weaponized, anthrax rarely causes respiratory illness.

Associated Press; Twitter

Associated Press; Twitter

Hacker who Targeted WikiLeaks is Going after Edward Snowden

By Timothy W. Coleman

The widely regarded, enormously feared, and in some cases much despised hacktivist, The Jester, plans to target NSA leaker Edward Snowden.

The Internet’s First Town Meeting?

By Bruce McConnell

EastWest Institute’s Senior Vice President Bruce McConnell attended the NETmundial meeting in São Paulo. It was truly the first Internet town meeting.

Parody Site for DC Metro Riders Launches

By Timothy W. Coleman

If you live in Washington, DC and you generally hate your commute on the metro and find your fellow commuters photogenic, The People of the DC Metro is for you.

Tech Week Europe

Tech Week Europe

The Wild West of Cyberwarfare

By Shahrooz Shekaraubi

On its face the cyber domain and cyberwarfare seem to be unregulated and are essentially a free for all for states to exploit. However, dig deep enough and there are legal frameworks that address this grey area.

Sorry Greenpeace, Golden Rice is a Win for Nutrition and Health

By Brian Hanley

Contrary to claims by Greenpeace and other NGO’s, golden rice does hold many benefits for the developing world.

  • via Youtube

    Schools of Violence: The American University and the Gun

  • Reuters

    On the 14th Anniversary of 9/11

  • via Facebook

    Singapore’s Election Runs Counter to Global Trends

  • via Facebook

    Europe’s Elections: A Coming Storm?

  • via Twitter

    Liberating Sirte from Islamic State

  • via Facebook

    Remembering Ahmad Shah Masoud

  • RIA Novosti

    How Sanctions are Hurting Russia’s Central Asian Ambitions

  • U.S. Army

    Afghanistan: Normalization of Pain