WSJ: Do Your Apps Respect Your Privacy? Probably Not, New Report Says – “Amid widespread consumer anxiety about risks to privacy, here’s some disheartening news: A new report from a prominent intergovernmental group found that mobile apps are failing to provide users with basic privacy protections. The report, based on a review of 1,211 different apps over the course of a week in May, was conducted by the Global Privacy Enforcement Network, a coalition of privacy officials from 19 countries, including the U.S. Federal Trade Commission. This is the second time government officials have reviewed app privacy on an international …read more
Over the past few month, stories of harassment, assault, and discrimination have peppered national news outlets, and the tech industry has not been immune. Back in March, programmer Julie Horvath announced her resignation from GitHub, advising that encouragement to join in rampant “boys’ culture” made her wish that she had quit sooner. Soon after, The New Republic ran a piece about age discrimination in Silicon Valley, which describes the permeation of young male culture – ping-pong tables, “Whiskey Fridays,” and constant references to male genitalia – in everyday life at an average tech startup.
Unfortunately, sexism, ageism, and racism permeate …read more
You may have noticed that the online marketing strategist in your life has been sweating a little more than usual these days. It’s not because the heat inside your building is set to unnaturally high temperatures to combat the cold. Thanks to recent changes in search engine security, online marketing has just gotten a bit more challenging.
Major search engines – including Google, Yahoo, and little brother Bing – are looking to find that sweet spot between customer privacy and satisfaction. As Christopher Soghoian, technology researcher and Principal Technologist with the American Civil Liberties Union, stated during his …read more
Dropping your brand new, highly sought after, three-week old cell phone in a body of water is a horrible, horrible thing. I know firsthand because that is exactly what I did one week ago today. The standard advice from the tech blogs, friends and co-works was to dry it off, cover the phone in rice, and wait patiently for 36 – 48 hours. But does that actually work? After accidentally dropping my iPhone into a fully submerged body of water… OK… a toilet to be exact… I had the unfortunate opportunity to test out the iPhone-in-a-rice-bag hypothesis, and I am …read more