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“We examined more than 15,000 recent popular queries and found that Google devoted 41 percent of the first page of search results on mobile devices to its own properties and what it calls ‘direct answers,’ which are populated with information copied from other sources, sometimes without their knowledge or consent.”

themarkup.org/google-the-giant

“But safety is only one attraction of in-cabin monitoring. The systems also hold huge potential for harvesting the kind of behavioral data that Google, Facebook, and other surveillance capitalists have exploited to target ads and influence purchasing habits.”

vice.com/en_us/article/m7jpmp/

The new A11y Project website is stunning. Tatiana Mac has really proved that accessible design can be beautiful inside and out. 😍 👏

a11yproject.com

Also I’m totally thrilled to have Accessibility For Everyone featured on there. What an endorsement! 💚 📗

Small Tech > Big Tech

Live stream today at 15:00 German time, 16:00 Irish time.

Watch live from: small-tech.org/videos/small-te

I am speaking at Interactive Future Exhibition 2020 held by the students of the Interactive Media Design course (@imd) at the Hochschule Darmstadt University of Applied Sciences.

#IFExhibition #SmallTech #SmallWeb #SiteJS

Laura recorded a short video on accessibility yesterday.

The setup / the shot.

“A company whose business model necessitates that it consistently discharge poison into the environment should be dismantled.”—Chris Gilliard

Start with Facebook, then do the rest.

onezero.medium.com/facebook-ca

“Investments in anti-democratic technologies come at an incredible cost to the public at a time when deeper investments should be made in public health, education, public media and abolitionist approaches in the tech sector.”

noemamag.com/the-loss-of-publi

Just had our opening session for the Eastern Partnership Civil Society Online Hackathon that @laura and I are mentoring.

Went well. Looking forward to hearing the pitches on Saturday morning.

ar.al/2020/07/09/mentoring-the

#SmallTech

“It’s important to recognize that the marketing that happens inside of these companies, assuring workers that what they’re doing is good and that their surveillance program is used for disaster relief and not drone targeting, for instance, is much like the marketing targeted at the public,” [Meredith Whittaker] said.

nbcnews.com/tech/tech-news/tho

“What we learn from consistently studying the discourses of Silicon Valley is that its successes come at the expense of a growing number of communities. The costs to these communities are masked by investments in an imagined post-racial, post-gender, post-class reality that is seemingly sympathetic to inclusion, but resists it in material, quantifiable and cultural terms.”

escholarship.org/uc/item/7z362

“In this critical time, when scarcity is a reality, you see the hierarchy. Certain groups are valued over others. This is the world that so many disabled and chronically ill people already live in. Our lives are still seen as expendable. Now the magnitude is much greater.”

esquire.com/news-politics/a324

‘“We’ve been active in trying to sound the alarm bells around facial recognition, both as a threat to privacy when it works and a racist threat to everyone when it doesn’t,” said Phil Mayor, an attorney at [ACLU Michigan].’

nytimes.com/2020/06/24/technol

“All the tenets of intersectional feminism, web accessibility, and diversity and inclusion are inextricably tied up in making the web a better place, for all and by all.” —@oluoluoxenfree

If you didn’t read Olu’s article earlier in the month, read it now! alistapart.com/article/buildin

Chapter 99 in The Tech Industry Is Broken With Problems It Has No Desire To Fix.

Maybe I’ve not been saying it loudly or frequently enough for the last however-many years…

Privacy is not a luxury.

Same with accessibility. Neither are luxuries, they’re life-sustaining rights. And you’re unusually privileged if you’ve not had to care about either.

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So suddenly there’s a lot of attention around email and it’s exposing how many people in the web community still use Gmail. Like actually trust all your personal information and communication (and that of your potentially marginalised or vulnerable contacts) with Google. 🤮

There are a lot of hard problems and lack of alternatives when it comes to rights-respecting technology. But email (as imperfect as it is) has a fair few affordable alternative providers. Small change, big difference.

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