Now Isn’t the Time to Give Users Control of Their Data

The testimony of Facebook whistleblower Frances Haugen sparked the latest flare-up in a never-ending series of revelations on how companies and governments mine and commercialize our personal data. In an attempt to put consumers back in the driver’s seat, recent updates to data protection regulations such as the GDPR in the European Union and the […]

How Metadata From Encrypted Messages Can Keep Everyone Safer

The future is encrypted. Real-time, encrypted chat apps like Signal and WhatsApp, and messaging apps like Telegram, WeChat, and Messenger—used by two out of five people worldwide—help safeguard privacy and facilitate our rights to organize, speak freely, and keep close contact with our communities. They are intentionally built for convenience and speed, for person-to-person communication […]

Blind People Won the Right to Break Ebook DRM. In 3 Years, They’ll Have to Do It Again

This rarely happens. A screen reader instead stumbles over these static images, sometimes reciting filename gibberish, leaving a blind reader with no possible way to discern meaning. That’s assuming, again, that an accessible version of the textbook exists to begin with. If one does exist, it may only be available on certain platforms. “As the […]

The Facebook Whistleblower Won’t Change Anything

Truth be told, predicting the future isn’t my strong suit (and I have a trophy to prove it)—but here’s one prediction I make with full confidence: The latest Facebook revelations, courtesy of whistleblower Frances Haugen, will have zero impact on regulation. No new laws, no new regulations, no new challenges worth a damn. And the […]