Aug 21, 2019

Podcast: Facebook for immigrants

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Homeis, a social networking app for immigrants, today announced $12 million in venture capital funding co-led by Canaan Partners and Spark Capital.

Why it matters: Heated political rhetoric on immigration tends to overlook the day-to-day needs of newcomers to a community, particularly when there are language and cultural barriers, and existing social networks haven't directly addressed this ready-made target market. At the same time, vulnerable populations are likely to have elevated data privacy fears.

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Government wants access to personal data while it pushes privacy

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Over the past two years, the U.S. government has tried to rein in how major tech companies use the personal data they've gathered on their customers. At the same time, government agencies are themselves seeking to harness those troves of data.

Why it matters: Tech platforms use personal information to target ads, whereas the government can use it to prevent and solve crimes, deliver benefits to citizens — or (illegally) target political dissent.

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Immigrants are driving growth in U.S. cities

Adapted from an Economic Innovation Group chart; Data: U.S. Census Bureau; Chart: Axios Visuals

More than 50 CEOs urge Congress to pass consumer privacy law

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51 Business Roundtable CEOs, including those from Amazon, AT&T and IBM, sent a letter to congressional leaders on Tuesday asking that consumer privacy legislation be fast-tracked into law.

Why it matters: Now more than ever politicians and government agencies are trying to outline how to hold companies accountable when it comes to keeping consumers' data safe. Both Facebook and YouTube settled with FTC regulators over privacy violations recently, setting off a broader reckoning around data privacy in the era of Big Tech.

Go deeperArrowSep 10, 2019