Impact of various media on health

The Father Of The Internet Sees His Invention Reflected Back Through A 'Black Mirror'

In 1984, two men were thinking a lot about the Internet. One of them invented it. The other is an artist who would see its impact on society with uncanny prescience.First is the man often called "the father of the Internet," Vint Cerf.

America’s Real Digital Divide

[Commentary]  If you think middle-class children are being harmed by too much screen time, just consider how much greater the damage is to minority and disadvantaged kids, who spend much more time in front of screens. While some parents in more da

Critics shame Silicon Valley firms over addictive technologies

Tech industry critics spent a daylong event on Capitol Hill Feb 7 airing concerns that Facebook, Google, Apple and other major companies are peddling addictive products that damage young minds. Critics are seeking some sort of policy to address th

Date/Location Details: 

Common Sense 

Wed, 02/07/2018 - 09:00 to 17:00

9:00 a.m. Registration


9:30 a.m. Welcome and opening remarks

  • Dr. Loel Solomon, vice president, community health, Kaiser Permanente
  • James P. Steyer, CEO and founder, Common Sense


10:00 a.m.–11:00 a.m. The Truth About Tech: Industry's Role in Shaping Health and Democracy

Early Facebook and Google Employees Form Coalition to Fight What They Built

A group of Silicon Valley technologists who were early employees at Facebook and Google, alarmed over the ill effects of social networks and smartphones, are banding together to challenge the companies they helped build.

Cancer Risk From Cellphone Radiation Is Small, Studies Show

Despite years of research, there is still no clear answer to the question: Do cellphones cause cancer? But two government studies, one in rats and one in mice, suggest that if there is any risk, it is small, health officials said. These two studie

Why Trump Tweets (And Why We Listen)

[Commentary] President Donald Trump is an odd man, and he may turn out to be a one-of-a-kind celebrity president. But his symbiosis with Twitter carries weight as a portent.

With Your Smartphone, Fear Is Never Far Away

In a blink of an evolutionary eye, radio and television then give way to smartphones—all of the world’s threats in your hand, all the time. “The smartphone, especially, more than pretty much any other technology that existed before, is constant,”

Silicon Valley Reconsiders the iPhone Era It Created

The smartphone has fueled much of Silicon Valley’s soaring profits over the past decade, enriching companies in sectors from social media to games to payments.

Social Media Has Hijacked Our Brains and Threatens Global Democracy

[Commentary] The so-called social media revolution isn’t what it’s cracked up to be.