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The Center for Technology Innovation
April 27, 2016
A Tesla S electric car and a charging station are displayed during the press preview day of the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, Michigan January 14, 2014.

10 innovations that could change the world

Hillary Schaub

Each spring, the MIT Technology Review releases its list of the 10 most important technological innovations of the year. Previous lists have included agricultural drones, ultra-private smartphones, and brain mapping. The 2016 list is just as exciting.

3D printed Apple logo are seen in front of a displayed cyber code

A brief history of US encryption policy

Jack Karsten and Darrell M. West

The FBI’s recent attempt to force Apple to unlock the iPhone of Syed Farook has made encryption a topic of dinner table discussion. Jack Karsten and Darrel West take a look at the history of U.S. encryption policies.

A man fills out a ballot at the Central Synagogue

Digital tools enable citizen budgeting

Hollie Russon Gilman

Participatory budgeting, a method that empowers community members to allocate public dollars, is on the rise in the U.S. This post looks at the ways that digital tools can help cities better engage their residents in the process.


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