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The Boston Marathon is one of the best known sporting events of the year. However, almost exactly one year ago, two homemade bombs, planted close to the finish line of the race, killed three people and wounded 260 others. This year we pay tribute to the victims and remember the shocking events that unfolded during…

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Today is “Equal Pay Day,” and it brings to mind a recent topic. I am not sure how to feel about Beyonce weighing in on the issue of gender equality. My first thought was, “I guess if she bringing it to the forefront, it’s going to be next up on the list of issues we face…

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This is a guest post by Chrysi Philalithes, Chief Digital Officer at (RED). When I think of this year’s Super Bowl, Shakespeare’s infamous phrase from Twelfth Night comes to mind. And it’s not because I’m British, not because I only recognize forms of football that have the off-side rule. It’s because if you want to…

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This year, we’re not just challenging our community to re-examine how our lives are impacted by social media and technology — both positively and negatively — but we’re also asking ourselves to be more introspective. We issued a challenge to turn off our phones during Valentine’s Day to reconnect with a loved one. We discussed…

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Today marks World Water Day, and we giving you one way to honor it by pre-ordering our soon-to-be-published book, On! The Future of Now. 100% of the proceeds from the sale of this book will go to support the work of charity: water, an amazing organization focused on bringing clean and safe drinking water to…

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Social Media Week

Okay, that didn’t happen. But as two heavy-hitting content sites best known for their link bait headlines and pervasiveness, they did both talk about their viral science philosophies at Social Media Week in New York. Jonah Peretti and Eli Pariser agree the human self is complex and our interests are varied. As Peretti would frame…

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Social Media Week

The second-to-last day of Social Media Week continued with the same excitement the week began with. The Social Travelers logged 125 more kilometers in their journey to Copenhagen, spending the night in Koge, Denmark. Bangalore continued in the spirit of their theme for the week — Social Media for Social Change — with a screening…

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Wednesday. Officially the middle of Social Media Week with more and more content, and more and more amazing connections. Milan worked to make food photography more appetizing than we thought possible, and Barcelona wrestled with the meaning of a social police force. In NYC, Upworthy’s CEO Eli Pariser announced plans to turn the audience into…

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It seems that I can’t go a day without hearing another startup or app help me solve every minor inconvenience I might encounter — an app to avoid traffic or to remember birthdays. These innovations are not bad, but when we face crises like climate change and inequity in education, we need to think critically…

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This post was was written by Oghene Oyiborhoro. The mood was less than solemn this morning at the Upworthy session here at Social Media Week 2014. It didn’t hurt that along with the casually dressed bustling crowd, jazz music filled the auditorium. The look can best be described as brunch at a tech startup in Silicon…

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