How health care data sharing puts you at risk

by Phil Elmore -- The recent stir over electronic health care record requirements and the much-debated stimulus package raises important issues related to the portability and interoperability of your medical information. Interoperability more…

Government: Get out of our living rooms

by Phil Elmore -- When I graduated from high school, I received a state-of-the-art, top-of-the-line computer to take to college with me. It was a 386 with a whopping 124-megabyte hard drive. more…

The death of cash = the death of liberty

by Phil Elmore -- Recently, I upgraded my wireless phone. My previous PDA, which I had replaced once already when the touch screen mysteriously stopped responding, developed a serious problem: The USB more…

Beware of imposter 'tweeters'

by Phil Elmore -- Have you heard of Twitter? According to the website, Twitter "is a service for friends, family and co–workers to communicate and stay connected through the exchange of quick, more…

Will your cell phone crash in emergencies?

by Phil Elmore -- Just how dependent are you on your wireless phone? Just two days ago, the Chicago Tribune reported that a service outage affecting AT&T customers cut off wireless users more…

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…