This past election cycle featured many prominent issues, among them the question of whether or not private healthcare should be taken over by the government to provide better healthcare. As I thought about this idea, I began to think about private companies like Google. Tech companies, like Google, are at the forefront of user information as a product. A product that can be bought, sold and processed. Citizen privacy in the United States is a hot topic brought to light by scandals such as Cambridge Analytica that demonstrated just how much impact social media can have on governments.

Public opinion…


This past election cycle featured many prominent issues, among them the question of whether or not private healthcare should be taken over by the government to provide better healthcare. As I thought about this idea, I began to think about private companies like Google. Companies like Google are at the forefront of user information as a product. A product that can be bought, sold and processed. Citizen privacy in the United States is a hot topic brought to light by scandals such as Cambridge Analytica that demonstrated just how much impact social media can have on government.

Opinions are mixed…


Why Ads?

So much discussion about social media platforms invading privacy but less about why are ads so valuable. Has it always been this way but technology amplified these concerns? I was thinking back to reading an article about Norbert Wiener. The reading talked about how Wiener missed a lot of opportunities for fast growth early on for his decision not to work for the military. He later carried guilt over how research he had pioneered in automation would negatively affect lives. Automation has indeed taken a lot of jobs and was part of several waves in technological advancement that…

Ponette Rubio

Exploring tech ethics through writing

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