Can Kano's Computer Kit turn kids into masters of the technology around them?Like superheroes, startups always like to have a good origin story; computer kit-maker Kano outdoes its peers by managing to have two.The impulse for the company, which makes a range of build-it-yourself computer kits and beginners' coding tools, came from the six-year-old cousin of one of the founders who wanted a computer that was easy to build. The company's first product was its Computer Kit, a collection of components including a power supply, Raspberry Pi, cables, case, SD card, and keyboard that kids could build into a basic computer. The original Kickstarter project back in 2013 raised $1.5m to bring the idea to life.TechRepublic: Why learning to code will help students succeed in any career "We started with basically a bunch of bits in a box and a challenge from my little cousin to make a computer that he could make himself, as simple and as fun as Lego," says CEO and co-founder Alex Klein. … [Read more...] about Tired of your Big Tech overlords? How Kano’s Computer Kit can help you break free
Sen. Maria Cantwell (D-WA) used her questions to Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg to unleash an attack on maverick Trump-supporting tech billionaire Peter Thiel’s data firm at Tuesday’s joint Senate Commerce-Judiciary hearings. “Do you know who Palantir is?” Cantwell asked Zuckerberg, presumably rhetorically.Zuckerberg quickly confirmed he knew of Palantir, the data analysis firm founded and chaired by early Facebook investor Thiel. Cantwell then tried to equate the firm to the embattled Cambridge Analytica. “Some people have referred to them as Stanford Analytica,” she told Zuckerberg, asking him, “do you agree?”Palantir had not, up until Cantwell’s questioning, been a topic of the landmark joint hearing with Zuckerberg. The firm is primarily a government contractor, working most notably with American defense and intelligence agencies and the military. The likely target of her questions was Thiel, the single prominent tech notable to … [Read more...] about Big Tech-Funded Sen. Maria Cantwell Uses Zuckerberg Hearing to Attack Peter Thiel’s Palantir
The thing that puts me off libertarianism is the “more libertarian than thou” game so many libertarians like to play. “What? You mean you don’t believe that enterprising heroin dealers should be free to ply their wares in kindergartens so as to catch ’em while they’re young? You’re not a real libertarian. You’re a fascist control freak…”All right, I exaggerate. But the latest libertarian test is very real – and is the subject of a big falling out between two National Review writers Victor Davis Hanson and Kevin Williamson. See where you stand. a) Facebook, Google, Twitter etc are the equivalent of 19th Century robber baron monopolies ripe for breaking up under Anti-Trust regulation because of their overmighty power and their iniquitous war on free speech and their outrageous bias against conservatives.b) What are you saying, man? Don’t you see, this is, like, a violation of everything we libertarians … [Read more...] about Delingpole: Smash Big Tech’s Robber Baron Cartel Now!
Breitbart News Network’s (BNN) live Town Hall event “Masters of the Universe”: Big Tech vs. Free Speech and Privacy will be live-streamed Thursday from New Orleans, LA. “Big tech is the biggest threat to free speech at this moment in time, and there is no fiercer advocate for the first amendment than Breitbart News,” said Alex Marlow, editor-in-chief of Breitbart. “Never has so much power been concentrated in the hands of so few people, and Silicon Valley elites have, thus far, been able to operate with virtually zero transparency. The Masters of the Universe are unfathomably influential, secretive, and they are surveilling all of us right now, stockpiling our data for their own purposes. It’s time we broaden the discussion.” Marlow will moderate the town hall, which starts at 8:00 p.m. Eastern/7:00 p.m. local at Andrea’s Restaurant in Metairie, LA, and will be live-streamed above as well as on … [Read more...] about WATCH LIVE Breitbart News Town Hall – ‘Masters of the Universe’: Big Tech vs. Free Speech and Privacy
Leader 7 February 2018 Consumer demand and our own ignorance has done much to assist the rise of the likes of Facebook and Google, so restraint and knowledge can do much to tame it This article is free-to-view thanks to sponsorship from Octopus IT IS a bit too early to start taking bets on 2018’s word of the year, but “techlash” is surely worth a punt. In recent weeks, growing disgruntlement with giant technology companies has hardened into a full-blown backlash. The prevailing mood is that Amazon, Apple, Facebook and Google have grown too big for their boots (see “How Google and Facebook hooked us – and how to break the habit“). Advertisement The complaints against the big four are many and varied, from enabling the dissemination of fake news to monopolistic behaviour and rampant hawking of user-generated data. These are genuine concerns that need to be addressed. But, as yet, they do not add up to much more … [Read more...] about Big tech is unpopular, but we mostly have ourselves to blame