Commentary: Companies Have a Role in Stopping Bad Behavior on the Internet

Somewhere in most employee handbooks are rules about online behavior. Those rules don’t seem to be working too well. For proof, look no further than the comments people leave under YouTube videos or blog posts or in back-and-forth snipes under news stories. Look at the hateful replies and invective hurled about on Twitter and Facebook. Internet trolling is ubiquitous in part because it comes with few consequences. You walk up to a...

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Sorting Out Which Cybersecurity Firms Will Do the Best Job

Los Angeles — His reputation scorched by Edward Snowden, the former director of the National Security Agency is heading a cybersecurity startup that aims to shortcircuit data leakers, cyber warriors, terrorists and thieves. Keith Alexander’s new company, IronNet, is just one of dozens, possibly hundreds, of cybersecurity startups, a group that over the last couple of years has attracted nearly $5 billion in investments. “It’s the new...

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Cellphones for Children May Not Be a Wise Choice

My colleague Michelle Quinn got her son an iPhone when he entered middle school last year. My son wasn’t so lucky. Not only did he not get a smartphone when he entered middle school, but I don’t plan to get him even a simple cellphone anytime soon. Michelle’s story about what happened with her son’s use of his phone has served as a cautionary tale. That, plus some research I’ve done on my own, has influenced my thinking. My take-away...

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