Chi Ling Chan
Chi Ling, Chan ('15) is a junior majoring in Political Science and Symbolic Systems. On campus, she presently runs The Stanford Roundtable where she facilitates conversations on science, technology, society and more broadly, the human condition. In her free time, she writes. Chi Ling can be contacted at [email protected]

Standardized testing: the scourge of student life

Tests should at no point be the be-all-and-end-all, as they are now among public education systems. Even in their most enlightened forms, they should be no more than a small part of a student’s education toolkit. From the perspective of learning, passing tests doesn’t begin to compare with inquiring and pursuing topics that engage and excite us - as learners, not test-takers.

In Conversation with Sandra Liu Huang

When Quora first got off the ground in 2010, there were plenty of such sites on the Internet. Yet, as its founders saw, “no one had come along to build something that was really good yet.” What differentiated Quora was not so much the idea, but the product itself. The lady behind some of the most important nuts and bolts that make Quora tick is Sandra Liu Huang, its director of product management.

Privacy is (not) dead

Against this backdrop, the main contribution of Eggers’ - alongside many others’ - to the privacy debate does not reside in their having anything new to say about privacy. In fact, little is new. They are merely asking that we take pause, to linger over what it means to surrender shreds of our personal life. They ask a question with no easy answer: what is gained and what is lost? Whatever that answer may be, it is hardly time yet to ‘get over it’, as Zuckerberg would have us do. Not now, and probably not ever.

The trouble with moral culpability

As always, the leap from the is to the ought is never an easy one to make, but my sense is that retributive justice or the idea of “just desert”deserves way less currency than it has now. In place of retribution should be a focus on rehabilitation or recidivism reduction.

Litost, and Love

One summer day, I found myself sharing a bench outside Encina Hall with a stranger. In place of awkward silences, said stranger wanted to know what I was reading (Carl Jung). A long conversation about dreams and symbols ensued. And then, quite out of the blue, she asked: “Are you happy at Stanford?” Instinctively, I…

On Changing the World

If you’re on your way to building the next app that the first world will love for a few months and then forget, think hard about whether you’re delivering on the promise of making the world a better place. Don't start a startup just because you can. Think outside of the technological quick-fix box.

The new digital age (part 2 of 2)

The new problem of the digital age — though some would call it a blessing — is that ordinary citizens now have the power to create major disruptions to democracies on a scale previously impossible, and previously mediated by institutions. Never before have democracies stood so precariously on the edge of chaos.

The new digital age (part 1 of 2)

How will war, diplomacy and revolution change with increased access to information technologies? How much privacy and security must individuals relinquish in the new digital age? Is there anything technology can do about ongoing revolutions? The CEMEX auditorium was packed to the brim Tuesday with listeners eager for answers to these questions. Onstage, technology met policy: Jared Cohen — a young Stanford alumnus and director of Google Ideas — was flanked by former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and Google Chief Eric Schmidt.

Life and Death in the Digital Cloud

We already speak of living multiple lives — one offline in the “real world” and as many virtual online lives as we care to manage. Rarely do we know how we look in our amorphous digital garb, or what it says about us. Data taken in aggregate can reveal information about us that we did not intend to share.

Conversational Jerks

A friend called me up one evening, barely concealing his exasperation. “I screwed up my presentation in class,” he confided disappointedly. “No one was even listening.” He had stayed up all night to prepare for his presentation, and went into that morning eager to test his ideas. When he finally got to the speaker’s stand,…

The Fifth Estate

Just as Internet fandom doesn’t necessarily reap box office earnings, Internet leaks don’t always translate into real world political change. For all its disclosures, a politically apathetic public greeted WikiLeaks. Real change takes more than freedom of information, it requires people’s willingness and ability to act upon it online and off as well.

Smartphones and Networked Individualism

I don't want to be contactable at every instant, or ever-present in the virtual world. We have adopted a new lifestyle without giving enough thought to what it means to be constantly sharing aspects of our lives on our thin simulacrums online.

Working Harder Doesn’t Pay Better

In 1930, Keynes had predicted that by the century's end technology would have advanced sufficiently that developed countries like the United States and Great Britain would have achieved a 15-hour work week. While it is true that technology has led to massive gains in overall productivity, a three to four hour workday simply hasn’t materialized.

Automation, Robots and the Disappearing Worker

There is no doubt, for one, that workers are increasingly being squeezed out by robots and automation. And we're not talking only about jobs at the lowest end of the pay scale-- what were once considered "middle-class" jobs are also being hollowed out.
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