Privacy, the Filter Bubble and Social Networking: Some Difficult Tradeoffs

Presumably, everyone values their privacy. The way the internet and the online is evolving, suggests otherwise. Never before in history has so much information about individuals been available so easily on a platform. People willingly share information online with their friends, acquaintances, and very often, even strangers. So does that mean, people have suddenly stopped…

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Different pedagogical styles at Harvard

I am a pathological shopper. Not a shopper, in the traditional sense of buying clothes, gadgets, and all of that. I am a shopper in the context of academic courses at Harvard. Harvard lets you sit in courses for the first week or so before you decide on your final courses for the semester. So…

Adam D’Angelo of Quora: The Chicken and Egg Problem, Scaling Quality and Startup Culture

Met Adam D’Angelo, Founder and CEO of Quora today. Some interesting facts about Quora and some of highlights: Founded in 2009, Quora currently has about 65 employees, with 34 of them being engineers, and 7 (!) data scientists. The mission is to share and grow the world’s knowledge. While that might sound like Google, their take…