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Viewpoint diversity is essential for having meaningful dialogue and achieving true understanding. It allows people to be exposed to different perspectives and consider all sides of an issue without judgment. Viewpoint diversity can lead to better solutions, deeper insights into current problems, and improved collaboration between individuals with v…
 
On the final episode of season two of the Digital Citizen podcast, JiaJia Fei talks to Fastmail CTO, Ricardo Signes, in this special extra-long conversation. They discuss how museums and the art world have changed in the past few years and how they may continue to evolve. JiaJia Fei is a Digital Strategist working at the intersection of digital mar…
 
Hi everybody - Just a quick, solo episode this week, and then we’re Audi 5,000 to get some rest and relaxation, spending time with friends and family for the holidays, etc. It has been such a crazy year, hasn’t it? But I feel like we say that every year – In any case … I’ve put together some predictions for you, for whatever they’re worth – First o…
 
Bio Zeve Sanderson is the founding Executive Director of NYU's Center for Social Media and Politics. His research interests focus on measuring the diffusion and impacts of harmful online speech, as well as empirically testing the efficacy of interventions. He regularly writes for and speaks to academic, media, and government audiences. He is finish…
 
Groups file flurry of Section 230 briefs with the Supreme Court What’s going on? Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act shields platforms like Google and Twitter from liability for content posted by internet users. Republicans and Democrats want the rule changed. It’s important to note that Section 230 protects only publishers of information…
 
On this episode of the Digital Citizen podcast, Arielle Yoder and Zack Fine of Recess talk to Fastmail CTO and COO, Ricardo Signes and Helen Horstmann-Allen, about how to foster connections within the remote workplace. Hear about how Recess partners with companies to help them integrate play through a series of games that help the team feel more co…
 
Bio Vilas Dhar is the President of the Patrick J. McGovern Foundation. An entrepreneur, technologist and human rights advocate, Vilas serves on the Advisory Council at the Stanford Institute for Human-Centered Artificial Intelligence, as a Trustee of the Christensen Fund, Co-Chair of the World Economic Forum Global AI Action Alliance, and an Expert…
 
Hey everybody, I’m Joe Miller and here’s what’s going on in the world of tech law & policy this week. The Federal Election Commission has adopted rules to regulate political advertising online. Why is it important? For years, the FEC has required certain disclosures for political advertisements appearing in on broadcast media outlets. The updated r…
 
Adam Kovacevich: Balancing Tech, Business & Progressive Policymaking Bio Adam Kovacevich (Kuh-VACK-uh-VITCH) is the Founder and CEO of Chamber of Progress, a new centre-left tech industry policy coalition promoting technology’s progressive future. Before starting the Chamber of Progress, Adam served as Head of North America and Asia Pacific Governm…
 
On this episode of the Digital Citizen podcast, Arielle Yoder and Zack Fine of Recess talk with Fastmail CTO Ricardo Signes about their company, Recess, and the methods they use to bring the benefits of play to the virtual workplace. You’ll also hear snippets from Rik and Fastmail COO, Helen Horstmann, about how Fastmail brings play into the workda…
 
Ashkhen Kazaryan: Tech Policy, the New Congress, and the Supreme Court Bio Ashkhen Kazaryan is a tech policy expert. She manages and develops policy projects on free speech, content moderation, surveillance reform and the intersection of constitutional rights and technology. Ashkhen joined Facebook in November of 2020 as Content Policy Manager on t…
 
Hey everybody, I’m Joe Miller and here’s what’s going on in the world of tech law & policy this week. It’s a lot. Where should we start? Let’s start with Twitter - which continues to meltdown after Elon Musk’s acquisition of the company last month to the tune of $44 billion. Employees are fleeing the company in droves after Elon challenged them wit…
 
Bio Chuck is one of the country’s foremost experts on all aspects of federal and state universal service programs. Chuck had a leadership role at the FCC in the implementation of the universal service provisions of the Telecommunications Act of 1996. Since joining WBK in 2001, he has helped clients craft policy recommendations in every universal se…
 
Hey everybody, I’m Joe Miller and here’s what’s going on in the world of tech law & policy this week. Regulators concerned about Twitter implosion The Federal Trade Commission has expressed “deep concern” over Twitter’s implosion since Elon Musk took over the company last month. More key executives departed the company this week, leaving it with li…
 
On this episode of the Digital Citizen podcast, Dan Rhoton, Executive Director of Hopeworks, talks to Fastmail CTO, Ricardo Signes, about the mission of Hopeworks and their trauma-informed approach to teaching. Hear about how Hopeworks helps young people enter the workforce and the “Aha!” moments that many program participants experience. Dan also …
 
On this episode of the Digital Citizen podcast, Hopeworks graduate Kayondra Garrison talks to Fastmail CTO Ricardo Signes, continuing the conversation about Hopeworks by talking about her experience as a program participant. Hear about Kayondra’s experience at Hopeworks. Learn about the important skills young people should develop when they are loo…
 
One-size-fits-all research approaches are no longer sufficient to effectively address content moderation, fulfill the content preferences of each user, and prevent harmful, false information from undermining democracy. Researchers like Michal Luria are beginning to understand how complex human behaviors should be taken into account in UX design and…
 
On this episode of the Digital Citizen podcast, L.X. Beckett, Toronto-based science fiction author, talks to Fastmail CTO, Ricardo Signes, about how science fiction is often a critique of the world we live in and what it means to find hope in the communities you are part of. Dive into the world of L.X.’s book Gamechanger and learn about the people …
 
The telecommunications, media, and technology sectors are exciting fields, but if you work in public policy, one must constantly adapt. Anisa Green shares with Joe how she built her career and how to find a team that values your presence at work. Anisa Green Anisa Green is Director of Federal Regulatory at AT&T, where she also serves as Chief of St…
 
Technology is transforming every sector of society and the economy. For example, think about how e-commerce has disrupted retail, artificial intelligence is changing healthcare, and autonomous vehicles will reshape transportation. In an increasingly digital world, technology companies are aggressively lobbying policymakers to advance their interest…
 
Hey everybody, I’m Joe Miller and here’s what’s going on in the world of tech law & policy this week. New coalition pushes to make DMs safe Let’s face it, DM’s, whether they’re encrypted or not, are no longer safe – if they ever were. Now, following the Supreme Court’s decision in Dobbs overturning Roe v. Wade, law enforcement in states in which ab…
 
On this episode of the Digital Citizen podcast, Troy Hunt, creator of Have I Been Pwned?, talks to Fastmail CTO, Ricardo Signes, about engaging in good cyber hygiene. Troy shares how he landed a career in security and talks about his workshop, Hack Yourself First. You’ll also learn what cyber hygiene is, a concept that everybody who uses the intern…
 
Roger Quiles: How to Stay Safe in the E-sports World If you’re a fan of video games or an avid Twitch viewer, you may have heard of E-sports. The E-sports scene is booming, with several competitions now taking place worldwide. However, with this expansion comes new challenges. Players face online harassment and can be targets for criminals. Entrepr…
 
Hey everybody, I’m Joe Miller and here’s what’s going on in the world of tech law & policy this week. White House Proposes Tech ‘Bill of Rights’ The White House’s Office of Science and Technology Policy proposed a new Tech ‘Bill of Rights’ Friday targeting harms caused by artificial intelligence and biometric technology. Comments are due on January…
 
The major societal challenge posed by artificial intelligence (AI) is that its algorithms are often trained on biased data. This fundamental problem has enormous implications in our criminal justice system, workplaces, schools, healthcare industry, and housing sector. The persistence of racism, sexism, ableism, and other forms of discrimination dem…
 
Tech sector asks Fifth Circuit to stop Texas’s social media law from taking effect The State of Texas’s social media law which stops tech companies from taking down hate speech and misleading information has reached the Fifth Circuit in a motion that this organization – WashingTech – has participated in amicus filings for. We agree with NetChoice a…
 
On this episode of the Digital Citizen podcast, Troy Hunt, creator of Have I Been Pwned?, talks to Fastmail CTO, Ricardo Signes, about data breaches and what organizations and people can do after their data has been involved in one. Learn what a data breach is and how it affects companies and individuals alike. Troy highlights his website which all…
 
Mark Brennan: Sephora (Privacy Case Study) In late August, the California Attorney General’s office issued its first public, monetary penalty against cosmetics giant Sephora, for violating the California Privacy and Protection Act (CCPA), which went into effect in 2018 and is one of several state-level privacy laws that have been cropping up across…
 
Hey everybody, I’m Joe Miller and here’s what’s going on in the world of tech law & policy. ADL Report: Spotify has a white supremacist problem References to Hitler, Pepe the Frog, Tucker Carlson talking about the “great replacement” anti-immigration theory — it looks like songs that contain them are totally fine for Spotify, which the Anti Defamat…
 
Spandana Singh: Content Moderation Beyond the US Social media platforms have played a central role in recent crises in the U.S., such as the Capitol Hill insurrection of 2021, and in Europe, such as Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. These developments underscore the power that unelected, big technology companies wield on the geopolitical landscape. But…
 
Hey everybody, I’m Joe Miller and here’s what’s going on in the world of online safety and free speech this week. Sen. Wyden: CBP has massive trove of American’s cellphone data Senator Ron Wyden sent a letter to Customs and Border Protection Commissioner Chris Magnus on Thursday revealing that CBP has a massive amount of Americans’ data from millio…
 
Jon Roozenbeek: How to Pre-Bunk Misinformation and Disinformation Misinformation and disinformation are two of propagandists' most important weapons in today’s “information war.” From the war in Ukraine to civil rights violations in the United States, political operatives leverage false information to engender support and suppress votes. Misinforma…
 
Hey everybody, I’m Joe Miller and here’s how tech law & policy is affecting you this week. En banc Fifth Circuit ruling solidifies police officers’ authority to expand cell phone searches The Fifth Circuit, which is in Texas, decided that pictures of child pornography found on three cellphones in the van the defendant was driving when he was arrest…
 
Fatou Sankare: The Social Media and Law Enforcement Connection Social media has become one of the most common ways to connect with people. Many use it as an outlet to share personal information and interests, while others use it as a way to interact with friends and family online. As social media usage continues to rise, there is also an increasing…
 
TikTok reportedly records every one of your keystrokes So security researcher Felix Krause says TikTok is running JavaScript on other sites you visit in the iOS browser, and collecting your credit card information and keystrokes. And a TikTok spokesperson acknowledged the existence of the script, but said the Chinese based subsidiary of Bytedance o…
 
The digital divide is the gap between those who have access to digital technologies and resources and those who do not. If you asked most people what the digital divide was, they would probably assume it’s a reference to Internet access or computer usage. While these are both accurate representations of the digital divide, there’s more to it than t…
 
Competing privacy bills may slow down kids’ protection online Three competing privacy bills have made negotiations on the Hill even more difficult as the Senate and House have 3 different versions – two of which focus specifically on creating stronger protections for kids online. The one in the House that passed late last month is an overarching fe…
 
When it comes to the intersection of technology and law, our minds go straight to challenges that feature prominently in the media, such as privacy in the digital age, the ethics of artificial intelligence, or how blockchain will change everything. But the Federal Communications Commission continues to play an outsize role in determining the parame…
 
Veda Cruz: Play to Earn Games: What You Need to Know About the Law The video game industry has grown rapidly over the last several years. With new technology and more affordable equipment, more people than ever are interested in playing video games as a hobby. The booming popularity of “play to earn” games – also known as user incentive programs – …
 
Hey everybody, I’m Joe Miller and here’s what’s going on in the world of online safety and free speech this week. Amazon’s $3.9bn One Medical bid Washington Post. Privacy experts worry about how Amazon will use healthcare data if the acquisition goes through – a deal that’s subject to Federal Trade Commission approval. The agency has already launch…
 
Kathy Baxter: The Ethics of AI Consumers are between a rock and a hard place. We expect the companies we distrust to be honest about their data collection practices. Ninety percent of consumers think companies should improve the world. According to many of us, it’s not happening. Saleforce’s Kathy Baxter and her colleague Yoav Schlesinger developed…
 
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