Will online privacy make a comeback in 2020?

Last year was a landmark for online privacy in many ways, with something of a consensus emerging that consumers deserve protection from the companies that sell their attention and behavior for profit. The debate now is largely around how to regulate platforms, not whether it needs to happen. The consensus among key legislators acknowledges that privacy is not just of benefit to individuals but can be likened to public health; a level of protection afforded to each of us helps inoculate democratic societies from manipulation by vested and vicious interests. The fact that human rights are being systematically abused at population-scale because of the pervasive profiling of Internet users — a surveillance business that’s dominated in the West by tech …

Facebook, Instagram Branded Department of Homeland Security Recruitment Ads Political

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) runs recruitment ads on Facebook and Instagram, but never for very long. From July 2018 through August 2019, the social networks removed all of them. The reason? The promotions ran without a disclaimer meant for political ads. By declining to add the disclaimer to its ads, DHS effectively said that the agencys recruitment isnt a political issue. By removing the ads for running without the tag, Facebook and Instagram seemed to assert it was. But in response to a Daily Beast inquiry about the take-downs, a Facebook spokesperson said the ads were removed by mistake and did not need a disclaimerraising new questions about the accuracy of its filtering efforts. Facebook requires that all …

Mindstrong Health hires leadership team with all-star tech product experience

Mindstrong Health is tackling one of the most difficult challenges in healthcare: Severe mental illness, commonly referred to as SMI in the healthcare industry. The startup, founded in 2013 by Paul Dagum, Richard Klausner and Thomas Insel, recently brought on former Uber VP of Product Daniel Graf as CEO, and is now announcing a number of new hires to its senior product leadership team as it moves to turn into an even more compelling and user-friendly product the technology and research it has developed over the past six years. As mentioned, Graf was Mindstrong Health‘s first high-profile hire this year, when the former Uber, Twitter and Google product leader joined in October. Graf’s turn as the company’s chief executive is …