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The Seattle Times Covers Our Launch

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A new piece by Briar Dudley on the Seattle Times discusses creation of the Tech Policy Lab.

“A new think tank addressing tech policy issues such as privacy, security and censorship is being launched today at the University of Washington.

Called the Tech Policy Lab, it’s an interdisciplinary program involving the UW’s School of Law, Information School and Computer Science & Engineering Department.”

Launch Featured on Geekwire

Geekwire posted about the launch of the Tech Policy Lab:

“The formation of the lab comes at a critical time in consumer privacy, as a result of the NSA data surveillance controversy. Microsoft and other large tech companies have been objecting to restrictions on the amount of information the companies can release about the user data they’ve been compelled to turn over to the government.”

Sales Pitches From Your Refrigerator (New York Times)

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Everyday devices are getting smarter, more connected. Soon your refrigerator will tell you when it’s time to buy milk. But as long as the fridge is making suggestions, why not suggest a particular brand? And did you know you can save 10 cents if you also buy the same brand’s new ice cream?

Read Ryan’s piece here.

Sales Pitches on Your Refrigerators

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Everyday devices are getting smarter, more connected. Soon your refrigerator will tell you when it’s time to buy milk. But as long as the fridge is making suggestions, why not suggest a particular brand? And did you know you can save 10 cents if you also buy the same brand’s new ice cream?

What Does It Really Matter If Companies Are Tracking Us Online? (The Atlantic)

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The Atlantic explores the erosion of online privacy through the lens of Ryan Calo’s “Digital Market Manipulation”:

A new paper by professor Ryan Calo at the University of Washington goes the furthest I have seen in elucidating the potential harms of digital-ad targeting. And his argument basically boils down to this: This isn’t about the sanctity of the individual or even, strictly speaking, about privacy. This is about protecting consumers from profit-seeking corporations, who are gaining an insurmountable edge in their efforts to get people to part with their money.