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Tech companies and carriers should be required to issue software updates.

slate.com — No, it's not your imagination: You're hearing a spate of news about security flaws in the products you use every day. Two big annual hacker conferences are coming up in Las Vegas, and many of the people giving talks there are telling the world now what they've uncovered. As usual,...
Jul 30, 2015

New Android vulnerability + industry fecklessness = need for new laws/regs. My latest at @slate @FutureTenseNow: slate.com/blogs/future_t…

Jul 30, 2015

There should be a law forcing carriers and manufacturers to issue smartphone updates to fix bus, argues @dangillmor slate.com/blogs/future_t…

Jul 30, 2015

Carriers and manufacturers that sell Android phones have shown they don't care about security. Let's force them. slate.com/blogs/future_t…

Hoax Bloomberg story incorrectly said Twitter was up for sale.

slate.com — Most Internet hoaxes have little or no significant impact, but once in a while we see the potential for more serious trouble. That was the case Tuesday, when someone posted a fraudulent "news story" about a likely sale of Twitter, leading to a brief upward bump in the company's share...
Jul 15, 2015

In my new @Slate column: prepare for lots more hoaxes online, by being skeptical and using judgment. slate.com/blogs/future_t… #ASUMediaLIT

MediaLIT: My Media Use

mediactive.com — I'm asking folks taking our "MediaLIT: Overcoming Information Overload" MOOC course to describe their media use for a full day. In this post I'm combining several posts I did for my regular ASU course, as a demonstration of what I'm talking about. Note to MOOC folks: We don't expect you to write something this long!
Jul 07, 2015

Note to #ASUMediaLIT folks: The link to my "media use" post (relates to Week 1 assignment) is here: mediactive.com/2015/07/07/med…

Why we cheer for robots.

slate.com — That popular video of robots face-planting is, no question, hilarious. Yet if you attended the event from which the videos emerged, the pratfalls were as much poignant as comedic. Several thousand people in the stands of a horse track in Pomona, California, groaned when the robots-finalists in the U.S. Defense...
Jun 09, 2015

What makes us cheer for robots? DARPA Robotics Challenge helped me understand. My latest in @slate @FutureTenseNow slate.com/blogs/future_t…

Why its new offerings come with a ton of privacy concerns

slate.com — Of all the adjectives we might apply to Google, relentless increasingly feels the most apt. The more you use the company's offerings, the more you should like this trait, because something enormously powerful is taking shape-a collection of services that will make a lot of people's daily lives easier to...
May 29, 2015

My latest at @slate @FutureTenseNow: Google enhances its tech, and its potential for privacy invasions: slate.com/blogs/future_t…

May 29, 2015

RT @dangillmor: My latest at @slate @FutureTenseNow: Google enhances its tech, and its potential for privacy invasions: slate.com/blogs/future_t…

May 29, 2015

RT @Slate: Google's new, killer features come with some new, killer privacy concerns: slate.me/1EFmxTk pic.twitter.com/ZjSLHDIp16

May 29, 2015

RT @Slate: Google's new, killer features come with some new, killer privacy concerns: slate.me/1EFmxTk pic.twitter.com/ZjSLHDIp16

May 30, 2015

I’m glad @dangillmor wrote this reminder that Google’s cool new products aren’t free; there’s a privacy exchange slate.me/1HCmuKb

Green Mountain’s attempt to use digital rights management on Keurig coffee makers fails.

slate.com — When Green Mountain Coffee Roasters announced its quarterly financial results last week, the news was bad for the company-but good for people who believe that when they buy something, they should decide how to use it. Here's what happened. A year ago, Green Mountain announced it would be selling a...
May 12, 2015

My latest in @slate: Keurig backdown on DRM rare good news in our "you don't own it, you just rent it" world. slate.com/blogs/future_t…

May 12, 2015

RT @dangillmor: My latest in @slate: Keurig backdown on DRM rare good news in our "you don't own it, you just rent it" world. slate.com/blogs/future_t…

May 12, 2015

RT @dangillmor: My latest in @slate: Keurig backdown on DRM rare good news in our "you don't own it, you just rent it" world. slate.com/blogs/future_t…

May 12, 2015

Finally, a Victory in the the War Over Who Will Control the Devices We Use slate.com/blogs/future_t…

United should thank, not ban, researcher who pointed out a security flaw.

slate.com — I'm about to board a United Airlines 747 in Frankfurt, on my way to San Francisco. Last night, the airline sent me an email saying that the flight would be equipped with Wi-Fi. Until last week I'd have been glad for that, as I have a lot of work to...

Why journalists should (at least sometimes) be activists

dangillmor.com — At the International Journalism Festival in Perugia, Italy, this week, I gave a talk entitled "Why Journalists Should be Activists," and apart from a few departures from the text below, here's what I said: Two months ago, a New York Times journalist, investigative reporter James Risen, went on Twitter to denounce the Obama administration's attitude toward the press.
Apr 18, 2015

Why journalists should be activists (at least some of the time): text of my talk at #ijf15 dangillmor.com/b/kf

Apr 18, 2015

RT @dangillmor: Why journalists should be activists (at least some of the time): text of my talk at #ijf15 dangillmor.com/b/kf

Apr 18, 2015

RT @dangillmor: Why journalists should be activists (at least some of the time): text of my talk at #ijf15 dangillmor.com/b/kf

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The public deserves to know what's in the free-trade treaty.

slate.com — In the next few weeks, Congress may give special status to a massive "free trade" treaty that you are not allowed to read. Based on leaks of portions of the deal, however, the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) appears to be at least partly a grab bag of special favors for corporate...

Lawrence Krauss has an amazing office…

dangillmor.com — Lawrence Krauss is a brilliant theoretical physicist and author of many popular books on science, and teaches at Arizona State University. I stopped by his office the other day to record a video conversation for a project I'm working on, and grabbed a quick video of the surroundings.
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Jul 31, 2015

I asked about Lyft because I'm told it's "Uber with ethics" --

Jul 31, 2015

Straw poll: Do you use Lyft? If so how do you like it?

Jul 31, 2015

"The (NY) Times has a problem covering the Clintons. There's no getting around that conclusion." by @joshtpm talkingpointsmemo.com/edblog/highly-…

Jul 31, 2015

RT @StevenLevy: Orig healthcare.gov enroll site: $200M to build, $70M/yr to maintain. USDS revamp: $4m to build, $4M/yr. medium.com/backchannel/th…

Jul 31, 2015

@JasonHitchcock only a few people I read religiously (Jay is one). Probably should make my lists/OPML more public.



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