EUGENE – Google’s pseudonymous parent company Alphabet Inc. announced late last week that it would discontinue the use of controversial in-email advertisements. For over a decade, the company scanned the content of users’ emails for keywords and then displayed relevant ads right in Gmail. Despite ongoing protest from consumer and digital rights activists, as well […]
// In the wake of the 2016 election, Facebook unveils Town Hall. The new feature will ‘strengthen the online community’ by connecting users to the elected officials that represent them. If keeping users on-site to create marketable data is in Facebook’s best interest, can Town Hall really deliver? Will the ad platform use Town Hall data for targeting? Who […]
// If private employees must agree to remote access of work issued devices like cellphones, laptops and tablets, shouldn’t the same security measures be in place for our government employees? In this quick blog post I try to look at the DOJ/Apple decryption debacle from another angle.
Most of the time I find myself reporting and commenting on tech news. Once in a while, however, I’m part of that news:
For my work with Code for Philly – a Code for America Brigade, I was recognized both on the official CfP blog, and on Technical.ly/Philly (a tech blog with a focus on civic engagement […]
On one hand: It’s great that Google is forcing the industry to adopt mobile friendly standards. Considering such a large portion of people with internet access ONLY do so through small screens, it’s a great way to provide access to content previously unavailable.
On the other hand: I would argue that it shouldn’t take Google making a major […]