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How Amazon’s unsold Fire phones will fight Ebola in West Africa

November 14, 2014

This post first appeared in the San Jose Mercury News A few weeks ago, a friend asked if I would advise the founders of Journey, an app development platform company based in South Africa. My first inclination was to say no — I’m in the business of reviewing apps, not advising people who make money from them — but then I found out that it was a free app designed to help fight [...]

Survey finds parents mostly OK with kids’ use of tech

November 13, 2014

A survey released today by the Family Online Safety Institute (FOSI), found that “93% of parents feel that their child is at least somewhat safe when he or she is online,” while only 37% say their child is “very safe.” The survey found some ambivalence when it comes to using smartphone apps and playing online games where 38% felt that the benefits outweigh harms. The study, Parenting in [...]

Americans lack confidence about controlling privacy

November 12, 2014

Whether it’s from government snoops or online marketers, most Americans feel that they have little or no control over how their online personal information is being collected and used. These are the findings of a study, Public Perceptions of Privacy and Security in the Post-Snowden Era, that was released today by the Pew Research Center. The findings don’t bode well for the U.S. government or [...]

Tech and Ebola — Facebook’s initiative and the Ebola Care app

November 6, 2014

Ebola Care’s apps against Ebola is providing heatlh care workers with tools to help track, treat and prevent the disease The tech community is rallying to help fight Ebola which has become a serious threat, mostly in West Africa with 13,000 cases so far, according to the World Health Organization. Tech companies are stepping up to the plate, including Facebook which launched an initiative [...]

Online harassment is a problem we must all confront

October 28, 2014

Last week was Digital Citizenship Week, which was mostly about the online rights and responsibilities of teens and children. But after reviewing the results of a recent Pew Research survey on adult harassment, I’m starting to think that we need a digital citizenship campaign for adults too. The Pew survey found that 40 percent of adult Internet users said they had been harassed online, and [...]
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