Mireille Hildebrandt (Radboud): Introduction to the Value of Personal Data; and Slaves to Big Data — Or Are We? From The Atlantic, why is software so slow? James Fallows interviews software executive Charles Simonyi on why computer applications lag behind hardware, and how new apps could end drudgery. History.exe: How can we preserve the software of today for historians of tomorrow? Harry McCracken on the myth of Steve Jobs’ constant breakthroughs. Tom Slee reviews Networked: The New Social Operating System by Lee Rainie and Barry Wellman; Black Code: Inside the Battle for Cyberspace by Ronald J. Deibert; and Coding Freedom: The Ethics and Aesthetics of Hacking by E. Gabriella Coleman. Leon Neyfakh on why you can’t stop checking your phone: To fight texting and driving means confronting a bigger problem, say experts — our technology is reprogramming us. Andrew Feenberg reviews Invasive Technification: Critical Essays in the Philosophy of Technology by Gernot Bohme. Jo Confino on how technology has stopped evolution and is destroying the world. Can the language barrier be breached? Google certainly thinks so: Under the leadership of a computer scientist from Germany, the company is making progress toward a universal translation tool. From Cracked.com, Chris Bucholz on 6 ways smart technology has made things dumber, and on 5 crazily primitive ways we use advanced technology.

Michael A. Olivas (Houston): 58,000 Minutes: An Essay on Law Majors and Emerging Proposals for the Third Year of Law Study. From Next New Deal, what kind of problem is the ACA rollout for liberalism? Mike Konczal investigates. The Democratic Obamacare freak-out begins. From TNR, Jonathan Cohn on on a chart that will help dispel your Obamacare hysteria and on debunking the new Obamacare conspiracy theory; and the New Deal's debut wasn't smooth sailing, either — but historian Michael Hiltzik says Obama could've learned a few lessons from FDR. Corey Robin on the moderate and the McCarthyite. Actor-slash-comedian-slash-Messiah Russell Brand, in his capacity as guest editor of the New Statesman's just-published revolution-themed issue, was invited to explain to Jeremy Paxman why anyone should listen to a man who has never voted in his life. Joe Coscarelli interviews George Rush and Joanna Molloy, author of Scandal: A Manual. David Cay Johnston on Glenn Greenwald and the future of leaks. Natasha Vargas-Cooper on how Glenn Greenwald is taking on the world, and why he'll never stop. Gillian Tett interviews Jared Diamond on criticism, gall bladders and what the west can learn from other societies. Candida Moss reviews From Shame to Sin: The Christian Transformation of Sexual Morality in Late Antiquity by Kyle Harper. The federal government is going into uncharted waters, deep-sixing the giant paper nautical charts that it has been printing for mariners for more than 150 years.

Fabian T. Pfeffer, Sheldon Danziger, and Robert F. Schoeni (Michigan): Wealth Disparities Before and After the Great Recession. From The Washington Monthly, a special section on opportunity in America. Joseph Stiglitz on how inequality is a choice. Richard Florida on what the shutdown revealed about the economic divides in U.S. politics. The millionaire panhandler: Joe Streckert on separating the facts from the myths surrounding panhandling. What can account for this persistent and unblinking hostility towards poor people? Paul Hiebert on how being poor makes you poor: New research shows how poverty can often be a self-perpetuating trap. Richard Reeves on the Glass-Floor Problem: Until we let affluent children fail, talented lower-income students will be unable to climb the ladder of social mobility. James Surowiecki on the drive for transparency in executive pay. While annual CEO compensation increased by 726.7% between 1978 and 2011, average worker compensation only went up 5.7% during the same time. Michael Kinsley on how Walmart can solve the inequality problem — and it’ll only cost you $12.50 a year. The US has low taxes — so why do people feel ripped off? Why the 1% should pay tax at 80%: The Reagan-Thatcher revolution changed society's beliefs about taxes — if we want economic growth shared fairly, we must rethink. Sam Pizzigati on how a tiny tax on global personal wealth over $1 million could ensure that no child anywhere on the planet has to live in extreme poverty. Glenn Brigaldino interviews John Weeks on the inner workings and traits of our economic system and how it might be saved, from itself and the 1%.