Issues in Science and Technology


Nancy Tomes, Vivian Tseng, David Walt, Kumble R. Subbaswamy, Jeff Bingaman, Kathleen Hall Jamieson, William E. Spriggs, Leana S. Wen, Malka Older, Mark Hagerott, David Biello, Denis Cortese, Elizabeth Freeman, Laurie E. Locascio, Aseem Inam, Makhtar Diop, Guru Madhavan

We asked 17 experts to write about how the pandemic will change the world.

How Social Media Apps Encode Users’ Privacy, Not Always for Good

Morteza Rahimi, Mostafa Taqavi

Although there are many philosophical and sociological definitions of the concept of “privacy” as an ethical value in technology, what ultimately affects people’s daily life is how privacy is designed into these products. Social media apps, such as Facebook, Twitter, WhatsApp, and Telegram, are particular examples of this connection. Even with apps that have the same function, differences in their design create environments with different types of privacy for users—and thus different ethical implications.

Innovation Policy

Workforce Education

America Needs a New Workforce Education System

William B. Bonvillian, Sanjay E. Sarma

Developing large-scale workforce education programs that enable workers to advance or change industries will not only reduce income inequality, but also support domestic innovation.