Technology and humanity

by Phil Elmore -- I was in a Wal-Mart the day before Christmas Eve, buying a gift card to give as a Christmas gift. I realized, as I looked at the display, more…

Taxing the 'sin' of soda

by Phil Elmore -- News outlets were buzzing recently with the news that New York's Gov. David Paterson had announced an astonishingly harmful package of new taxes and fees, guaranteed to hurt more…

The dangers of overexposing yourself

by Phil Elmore -- Previously in "Technocracy," I've discussed the disturbing trend in censorship among technology providers, ranging from Internet Service Providers (whose refusal to honor peering agreements cuts off their customers more…

When genes predetermine our future

by Phil Elmore -- As a boy, I used to think it would be fun and exciting to know the future. Then I saw the science fiction film "Krull," a mild sort more…

How technology lulls us into statism

by Phil Elmore -- CNN reported Monday that legislators in Indonesia's Papua province were supporting a bill that would require "some" patients with HIV/AIDS to be chipped. The microchip implanted under the more…

The tragedy we call 'sex reassignment'

by Phil Elmore -- The blessing and the curse of technology can be summed up by a simple aphorism: Just because you can do something doesn't mean you should. This applies to more…

The most insidious IT security risk

by Phil Elmore -- His name is Steven Barnes, and he's going to jail. Techworld reported on Election Day that Barnes, a former IT manager for a California Internet media company, had more…

'Peer pressure': Regulation needed

by Phil Elmore -- Arguably the most pervasive technology in modern American life is the Internet, the worldwide meta-network that allows users to exchange information (data traffic) with, conceivably, any other device more…

Don't buy the vaccines-autism myth

by Phil Elmore -- You will find very few rational, reasonable individuals who deny the proven technology of modern electrical appliances, or who think they are qualified to repair them without training. more…

Are you a victim of 'clickjacking'?

by Phil Elmore -- Do you remember the first time you heard the term "hijacking"? It probably seemed very distant, because the chances you would be on a commercial airliner that was more…