After speaking to numerous infectious disease experts over the past few days, I'm starting to wonder: is our reaction to COVID-19 the exact reaction an adversary in an information war would hope for? Said differently: is the COVID-19 story the Information Age Pearl Harbor we've been expecting? Continue Reading →
COVID-19
There have been calls to break up big tech. People are scared that without regulation, we are destined to live in a “surveillance state.” But people are also scared of coronavirus (COVID-19). Is this the moment that big tech proves that big data can be used for the greater good? What is big tech’s role in the fight against coronavirus? What should it be? Continue Reading →
Equifax
The Attorney General of the United States announced that the government had confirmed that the Equifax hack was the work of the Chinese military. As we enter the age of AI-assisted warfare, it’s important to unpack some of the underlying issues. Continue Reading →
Shelly Palmer
Shelly Palmer talks with Kerry Drew and Bianca Peters about Google's "Loretta" Super Bowl commercial and why he believes that Google should have put a disclaimer on the spot warning potential users about how it would use the data gathered. Original Airdate: February 4, 2020 on Fox 5's Good Day New York Continue Reading →
onesearch
Get ready for privacy wars. In California, CCPA not only impacts online businesses, but traditional retailers have been forced to send out notices to consumers alerting them to the kinds of in-store and transactional data collection they are doing. This is a gigantic challenge for some, but to others it is a marketing opportunity. “We keep your private information more private than Brand X.” is a marketing strategy I expect to see a lot in 2020. Continue Reading →
Wawa Data Breach
There have been a couple of stories this week about relatively large data breaches. Wyze Labs, Inc., reported a data leak that could affect up to 2.4 million customers, while Wawa, the Philadelphia-based gas station and convenience store chain, recently discovered and reported that malware (which went undetected for approximately nine months) had created a "large-scale data breach." Several lawsuits have been filed by customers claiming to have been impacted by the hack... but who was really hurt? Continue Reading →

Beware Holiday Robocall Scams

Unknown Caller
Robocalls are so universally hated that the United States House of Representatives (a group not known for their bipartisan approach to legislating) passed the Telephone Robocall Abuse Criminal Enforcement and Deterrence Act (TRACED) 417-3. I am wondering what the three representatives who did not vote in favor of the bill like about robocalls... Continue Reading →