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Security & Privacy

What Tech Investors Get Wrong About Privacy

Data breaches are now so commonplace that consumers have become conditioned to them. In 2018, personal information was compromised by airlines, mobile carriers, and of course social networks. As today’s tech giants mature, they all need to evolve from ‘good enough’ products to those differentiated by useful and indispensable features.  With the smartphone boom coming […]   More

From the Magazine Security & Privacy

The Cookie That Ate The World

Early web engineers thought a browser "cookie" would be a simple and friendly way for sites to know you had returned. They miscalculated.   More

Partner Insights Security & Privacy

Identity is the Steam Engine of the Digital Economy.

We need to move into a world where consumers are in control of their information and can grant trusted institutions approval to exchange information with counterparties to complete a transaction. Our partner, Capital One, makes the case that banks are the right institution to help you manage your identity online.   More

Security & Privacy Techonomy Events

WWW Inventor Wants to Take Back the Web

Kicking off the Techonomy 2018 conference Sunday in Half Moon Bay, Ca., Tim Berners-Lee shared his plan for how to “reset” the web and help users regain control from the corporate powers that have usurped it.   More

Community Insights Security & Privacy

New Ratings Bring Accountability to P2P Payment Services

Consumer Reports is introducing a new type of rating of P2P payment services that allows consumers to compare them based on how responsibly they handle user data.   More

Community Insights Security & Privacy

The Lessons of 9/11 Can Help Stop Internet Disinformation

Seventeen years after 9/11, we are at another inflection point of equal importance that requires partnership and cooperation between the public and private sectors: the containment of disinformation.   More

Community Insights Security & Privacy Society

Disinformation and Data Attacks Will Get Worse

Disinformation tactics are getting more and more sophisticated. These are cross-platform, multi-industry threats, and the solutions will be cross-platform and collaborative.   More

Community Insights Security & Privacy

Cybersecurity: A Critical Check in M&A

Cybersecurity due diligence in the M&A deal process should move from being a priority for only technical and information security teams — and an irritating afterthought to corporate development teams — to a high priority among business executives across all industries.   More

Government Media & Marketing Security & Privacy

Senator Warner: 20 Ways to Tame Social Media

A new paper from Senator Mark Warner lays out some of the policy options for taming the tech giants — but does it stop short?   More

Analytics & Data Security & Privacy

User Control Could Fix the Privacy Problem

User identity is broken on social networks. Biometric data about people, protected by encryption, could return the balance of power to where it belongs—­with consumers.   More

Opinion Security & Privacy Society The Internet

Why Schrage Left Facebook

Elliot Schrage was a loyal and effective leader for Facebook, but his departure indicates significant shifts are underway at this so-controversial company. Watch who the next policy chief is to see if real change is likely.   More

Media & Marketing Partner Insights Security & Privacy

Customer Personalization Faces Trust Crisis

New research from Salesforce shows that before companies can earn the right to personalize their customer experience, they need to earn their customers’ trust, a challenge in the wake of recent security breaches.   More

Community Insights Security & Privacy

Small Business Expert: GDPR is Hard but Necessary

Europe's Global Data Protection Regulation takes effect today. While large companies like Google and Amazon have the resources to figure out the law’s intricacies, millions of small businesses do not.   More

Security & Privacy Society Techonomy Events

The Facebook-WhatsApp Lesson: Privacy Protection Necessary for Innovation

WhatsApp founder Jam Koum's breakup with Facebook speaks to how the internet economy could evolve, how competition and innovation could be encouraged, if regulators simply do their job.   More

Security & Privacy Society The Internet

Why We’re Obsessed With Facebook

In 2016 Mark Zuckerberg famously stood on our stage and declared that the idea of fake news on Facebook influencing the election was "crazy." Techonomy from its founding has been closely attentive to Facebook and its impact. Here we chronicle the path that led to Zuckerberg's testimony to Congress this week. We've written numerous stories, hosted company executives on stage, and published important opinion from outsiders.   More

Global Tech Government Opinion Security & Privacy

How the FTC Could Have Prevented the Facebook Mess

The FTC issued a 2011 consent order against Facebook to protect the privacy of user data. But the Commission never enforced the order, even as Facebook disregarded its provisions. If the order had been enforced, there would be no Cambridge Analytica story.   More

Media & Marketing Security & Privacy Society

Facebook, GDPR, and the Perils of Online Advertising

The revelations about how Cambridge Analytica exploited Facebook raise a host of questions about both companies. Most pressing for users of Facebook: its lack of oversight and transparency betray a company that seems to care more about its business partners than its users. The problem is not unique to Facebook.   More

Business Security & Privacy

GDPR Will Expose Brands That Don’t Care About Their Customers

The scramble by companies everywhere to comply with Europe's General Data Protection Regulation has largely been about avoiding the risk of being fined. But instead, it should raise questions about what values companies apply to their interactions with customers.   More

Global Tech Security & Privacy

Cyber Vulnerabilities Threaten Kenya’s Vaunted Fintech

More than 75 percent of Kenyan citizens have access to financial services through mobile devices, increasing the risk of cybercrime and putting pressure on public and private stakeholders to invest more in cybersecurity.   More

Partner Insights Security & Privacy

As GDPR Nears, the Era of Data Responsibility Has Arrived

Europe’s General Data Protection Regulation is coming quicker than many companies are ready for. While the penalties for noncompliance loom large, the rules present a chance for companies to put data security at the forefront of operations and to develop responsible data policies. This article was prepared by our partner, IBM.   More