Month: April 2016

Profile: Tim Cook

It was October 30, 2014. Tim Cook, deeply committed to his privacy, made himself vulnerable to the world by making a public statement affirming that he is “proud to be gay,” and considers it to be “among the greatest gifts God has given [him].” Cook, Chief Executive Officer of tech giant Apple, immediately became the first openly gay member of the Fortune 500 Club. His statement was incredibly inspirational to members of the LGBT community, as he knew it might be.  In his own words, “if hearing that the CEO of Apple is gay can help someone struggling to...

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FBI Bites Apple

The legal dispute between the Federal Bureau of Investigation and tech giant Apple is over, for now, but its place in the debate over encryption is destined to be long-lasting. Syed Rizwan Farook and Tashfeen Malik targeted a holiday party and training event at the Inland Regional Center in San Bernardino, California killing 14 people. Four hours after they fled the scene, the married couple were found and surrounded by law enforcement and killed in a shootout. The story sadly began when a married couple living in Redlands, California laid siege on a party in San Bernardino killing fourteen...

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President Obama Talks Engagement

Every year in a Texan Spring, tens of thousands of people descend on Austin in search of live music, parties, new technologies, indie films and general topics of social interest. Fortunately there is much to find in each category thanks to the annual South by Southwest (SXSW) Conferences and Festival. 2016, however, brought even more intrigue to SXSW as, for the first time ever, a sitting American President sat down on a festival stage to keynote speak to attendees. President Barack Obama’s groundbreaking talk revolved around civil engagement in this new technological age. South by Southwest began in 1987,...

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Boxed Out

Middle Easterners’ Quest for Demographic Recognition I remember the first time I saw those boxes. It was in the fifth grade, the first time I had to take a standardized testing exam. The usual blanks were there for me to fill: my name, the date, my grade and my school. But below the customary lay the unfamiliar: a heading titled “Racial/Ethnic Category,” and under it, the five racial and one ethnic categories in the United States, as defined by the US Census Bureau: African American, Hispanic/Latino, Asian, Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander, and White/Caucasian. I stared at the page confusedly for...

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2016 Top 50 Most Powerful Women

The National Diversity Council has announced the 2016 Top 50 Most Powerful Women in Technology, a definitive list of female executives, influencers and achievers impacting the technology industry. “The 2016 Top 50 Most Powerful Women in Technology list honors female executive leaders of the highest caliber within the tech industry, said Dennis Kennedy, founder and Chair of the National Diversity Council. “It is my honor to announce this group of powerful and inspirational women who have reached new heights of achievement in business.” Selection to the list was based on the following criteria: Top leader in her organization and...

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