Alternatives to the Google Ecosystem

I have been a little creeped out by Google ads following me online.  They track what you search for, sites you visit on Chrome, and the contents of your emails. They’re even putting targeted ads in my email on newsletters I subscribe to.  Of course, Google doesn’t charge me for anything – Gmail, Google Drive, … Read moreAlternatives to the Google Ecosystem

In July Google Chrome will Mark all HTTP sites as “Not Secure”

Google is doing something good here.  If a website isn’t using SSL (i.e. https://), it is easily hackable.  It’s not something I do, but there is even freeware like the Beef Project that gives someone a UI to exploit non-secure http sites. In the latest post from the Google Security Blog, Google let us all … Read moreIn July Google Chrome will Mark all HTTP sites as “Not Secure”

Former Facebook and Google Employees are Fighting What They Helped Create

Remember Google’s slogan in their early days?  It was “Don’t Be Evil.”  Yes, really. Ok, now that you’ve stopped laughing, you should know that some former employees of both Google and Facebook have started an organization called the Center for Human Technology. Their website states the problem clearly: What began as a race to monetize … Read moreFormer Facebook and Google Employees are Fighting What They Helped Create

Anil Dash: A Voice for the Moral Imagination in Technology

As I continue to find topics related to ethical design, one name that seems to steadily pop-up is that of Anil Dash.  I like that he is bringing this to more people’s attention.  Here’s a quick video of him answering the question that my blog asks in every post: Does Technology Need to Be Ethical? … Read moreAnil Dash: A Voice for the Moral Imagination in Technology

Experts Say Facebook Apps are Bad for Kids

I have been aware for at least three decades how the music industry targets and hooks into young people for the rest of their lives.  For teens (and pre-teens) music is not only formative but also defines a kid’s identity and groups of friends.  At that age, a 4/4 beat at 140 bps with frequencies … Read moreExperts Say Facebook Apps are Bad for Kids