Houston Matters

What Role Should Google and Facebook Play in Addressing Fake News?

Posted on · In recent months, Google and Facebook have each announced efforts to address the rise of false news reports shared — or wrongly pointed to — by their companies' algorithms. But how much responsibility should free web browsers or social media sites have for how their products are used? How does "fake news" get proliferated so […]

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ICE Raids, and Targeting Fake News: Tuesday’s Show (May 9, 2017)

Posted on · During the week of April 17, agents from Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents made 95 arrests during a five-day sweep in Houston. Most of those arrested had prior criminal convictions. Some did not. The focus of such occasional raids seems to primarily focus on dangerous criminals, but who draws that line? On this edition […]

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A Nation Engaged: What Should President Trump Know About Houston?

Posted on · President-elect Donald Trump will be sworn into office on Friday (Jan. 20, 2017). We’re asking you to share what you want President Trump to know about Houston. It’s part of NPR’s A Nation Engaged project. You can share your ideas now on Facebook and Twitter @HoustonMatters. In this segment, we hear you what you want […]

Good, Bad and Ugly

Criminal Justice Reform and Pokémon NO! The Good, Bad & Ugly of This Week’s News

Posted on · A lot can happen in a week. Some of it good. Some of it bad. Some of it downright ugly. When faced with intriguing developments in the week's news, we turn to our rotating panel of "non-experts" to parse The Good, The Bad and The Ugly of it all. On this edition, we discuss a […]

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Rice Pres. David Leebron, Good Bad & Ugly of Houston News, & Playing Crumpet the Elf Again and Again: Houston Matters for Fri., Dec. 13, 2013

Posted on · In the collective history of Rice University, it has had just seven Presidents. The current President, David Leebron, assumed that role in 2004, and in the years since, Rice has seen significant increases in undergraduate enrollment, the launch of the Kinder Institute for Urban Research, new residential colleges, new buildings on campus, and visits from […]

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Who Are The Most Influential Houstonians In Social Media?

Posted on · Social media guru Eric Tung has researched what he characterizes as the top “social media power influencers” in Houston. We’ll find out who they are, what that means, and explore the impact Houstonians effectively using social networking sites from Twitter to LinkedIn to Facebook and beyond can have on our community. And, of course, we […]


Facebook Comes Of Age in the Oil and Gas Industry

Posted on · Microsoft's CEO told an audience at the Global Energy Forum in Houston that utilizing data quickly is as important as drilling a well. Ed Mayberry reports that the IT community sees the potential to increase its business in the oil and gas industry.