Tech companies make money off your data. Shouldn’t you be paid, too?

angel may

Whenever you sign up for a new social media service or website, or download an app onto your phone or computer, you’ll typically see some long disclaimer written in legalese. You scroll through it quickly and click “I agree.”

This fine print is known as a privacy policy. It lays out (sometimes in the most convoluted way possible) how the site or app can use or share your data. The problem is, no one actually reads it. You just click “Yes” and hope for the best, since that’s the price you pay for a free website, app or social media network. It seems like a pretty sweet deal.

But that’s not the deal we’re getting.

Our phones and computers can track our every movement and action. Facebook and Google log every “like” or click on their sites. There are numerous ways our data are collected, used, shared and sold by

Read More

Domestic abusers use tech that connects as a weapon during coronavirus lockdowns

angel may

<span class="caption">Technology plays a major role in violence against women and girls.</span> <span class="attribution"><a class="link rapid-noclick-resp" href="https://www.gettyimages.com/detail/photo/sad-teen-with-a-phone-in-her-bedroom-royalty-free-image/820379104" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:AntonioGuillem/iStock via Getty Images">AntonioGuillem/iStock via Getty Images</a></span>
Technology plays a major role in violence against women and girls. AntonioGuillem/iStock via Getty Images

The coronavirus pandemic has driven much of daily life – work, school, socializing – online. Unfortunately, perpetrators of violence against women and girls are also increasingly turning to technology in response to the pandemic.

Globally, violence against women and girls is a problem of pandemic proportions, with one in three experiencing an act of physical or sexual violence in her lifetime. Most of these acts of violence are perpetrated by intimate partners and family. In the United States, women are at increased risk of violence from a current or former intimate partner, and they are more likely than men to suffer injuries, be treated in emergency rooms and be killed as a result of intimate partner violence.

Violence against women and girls is costly for victims and their families, communities and society. The problem is

Read More

3 Growth Tech Stocks to Buy Now Despite Coronavirus Reopening Nerves

angel may

Volatility seems to have made a bit of a comeback recently and we are only a week removed from the Dow’s worst day since March. Nonetheless, there seem to be reasons to believe that the market’s rally from its March 23 lows could continue, as economies around the world shake off the rust from their coronavirus lockdowns.

May U.S. retail sales surged 18% from April to crush estimates and help showcase that the pandemic’s worst economic days are most likely behind us. Meanwhile, the Fed continues to provide as much support to the market as it can, and there are new reports that the Trump administration is considering a $1 trillion infrastructure spending plan.

That said, the headlines about spikes in coronavirus cases are likely to remain constant as economies around the world reopen. Investors should remember that there was always going to be an increase in reported cases when

Read More

Asides access to finance, political instability is perhaps the biggest constraint facing Nigerian tech businesses

angel may

Businesses do not exist in vacuums and before taking a leap into the world of entrepreneurship, there is a need for a socially, ethically, and politically stable environment. However, in Nigeria, it is quite the opposite and political instability seems to be a long-standing problem.

Over the years, assessments have highlighted the impacts of various regional conflicts on the business climate in the country and a report from Washington-based non-profit organisations, ONE Campaign and Center for Global Development, show that Nigeria’s tech sector is even more affected by this set of problems.

From the survey carried out by the two organisations, Nigerian tech businesses are constrained by a number of factors. The major ones include a reliable source of electricity, access to finance, corruption, and political instability. Though minor, labour regulations, taxes, courts, and tax administration are the other constraints cited.

Biggest constraints facing Nigerian tech businesses

About 63 per

Read More