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.
// In this blog post, I’ll explore media and government reactions to acts of terror in both Paris and San Bernardino, California. FBI Director James Comey and California Democratic Senator Dianne Feinstein suggest radical changes to how we look at cryptography in the United States, often in direct defiance of security and civil rights experts.
In this blog post, I’ll be examining the recently publicized hack of AshleyMadison.com – a 37 million user-strong social networking site with an unabashedly upfront focus on facilitating marital infidelity. Yup – you read that correctly.
A group of hackers, self-identified as “The Impact Team” are making clear ‘stop-doing-that’ demands, and starting to release AshleyMadison.com user […]