First Monday: What's coming up in February

It's a bit like being a fly on the wall, with snippets such as Sen. Chris Dodd, D-Conn., describing an emergency meeting at the Capitol with Paulson, Bernanke and congressional leaders. "And sitting in that room," Dodd recalls, "with Hank Paulson saying to us in very measured tones — no hyperbole, no excessive adjectives — that unless you act, the financial system of this country and the world will melt down in a matter of days."

Newbos: The Rise of America's New Black Overclass CNBC, Feb. 24, 9 p.m. ET

After reading all the negative statistics on the incarceration rates of young black men, wealth disparity and black-on-black male homicide, Wall Street Journal/CNBC correspondent Lee Hawkins says he was inspired to sit down with what he calls "newbos," self-made, young black billionaires and multimillionaires who have built wealth and influence in the sports, entertainment, and media fields.

"I started to get very curious about how much money these individuals are really amassing," Hawkins says, "and what can happen if they start to really think critically about the implications of that wealth and start to pool their resources and give back to the community."

Among those making appearances in Hawkins' one-hour documentary, and in a book out in June, are NBA star LeBron James, music and fashion mogul Sean "Diddy" Combs, NFL star Terrell Owens and Black Entertainment Television founder Bob Johnson.

Books:

C-SPAN2's Book TV3 p.m. ET, Feb. 15:

The Tyranny of Dead Ideas: Letting Go of the Old Ways of Thinking to Unleash a New Prosperity by Matt Miller (Times Books, $25). The Fortune contributing editor pushes for reinvention of American capitalism through the shedding of old-fashioned notions, such as that employers should be responsible for health coverage.

5 QUESTIONS FOR TECH EXPERT JOHN STEWART

By Byron Acohido, USA TODAY

John Stewart has experience as a software developer, chief security officer and research scientist in emerging technologies. He has served on advisory boards of several security firms and as a tech adviser for Panorama Venture Capital. He is now vice president and chief security officer at Cisco Systems, the networking hardware giant.

He says the federal government needs to take charge and encourage collaboration to make the Internet safer.

Q: How much should the average person really be concerned about cyberthreats?

A: In my opinion, more than we are. The Internet is a fantastic tool, and like any tool, it can be used for good or not. We owe it to ourselves to be educated.

Q: Should this be more than an individual concern? How does this affect our country?

A: Definitely. It's not really easy to see. Our country and other countries rely on technology in our day-to-day lives and will increasingly. To that end, we, as citizens, need to ensure it is well protected.

Q: Why haven't the telecoms and tech companies — the folks who supply the Internet's infrastructure (such as Cisco) — done more to slow cyberattacks?

A: Many companies, ours included, are already slowing attacks. I think the key question is: Is it enough? This isn't a technology question alone. It's an education question — what are the risks, how do I avoid them? It's a process question — who is in charge and what is our country's strategy? Add the question, how we can stop some of the activity with law enforcement? My answer is a need for national doctrine and international cooperation at unprecedented levels.

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