Once a week, we’ll give you a short update on what’s happening in social justice and tech.
The Internet gives people a fresh way to connect — but it can also be a new place for old biases to reassert themselves. We’re keeping an eye out for new problems, and creative new ways to address them.
March 10 2016
The FCC just proposed privacy rules for Internet service providers. Here are some key technical facts.Read
November 4 2015
Facebook’s “real name” policy has long attracted scrutiny and controversy. In October, The Nameless Coalition — a group of 75 human rights, digital rights, LGBTQ, and women’s rights advocates — sent Facebook an open letter, calling on the company to make changes to the policy. Now, in response, Facebook will make some changes.Read
July 29 2015
Last week Google announced “Your Timeline,” a new feature that displays the totality of a person’s movements throughout the day, in an eerily complete record. Though the feature relies on location data Google has collected for years, the creation and promotion of Timeline — as an easy and organized inventory of users’ past movements — raises new risks.Read
CommentaryTeens Should Not Face Criminal Sanctions For “Sexting”
April 8 2015
Four Chicago-area teens who uploaded sexually explicit videos of themselves to Twitter now face felony child pornography charges. Is criminal prosecution really an appropriate response?Read
April 8 2015
A new Pew study highlights the increasingly stratified nature of America's Internet. The study finds that poorer communities and communities of color are disproportionately “smartphone-dependent,” relying on mobile phones rather than computers for day-to-day online activity.Read