[SWMS contributor Rachel Odenweller writes:] Historically, few of us have thought much about data privacy, either from a personal perspective or the perspective of clients. But in 2020 privacy came into focus with several data breaches, fears of government surveillance and the continuing saga of Big Tech regulation challenges.
[SWMS contributor Rachel Odenweller writes:] As logic would suggest, the more we rely on data, the more at risk we are for cyber attacks. In addition to the myriad struggles 2020 presented us with, it was also the most active year for cybercrime. Reports suggest that cybercrime rates during COVID-19 -- from ransomware to phishing -- have spiked at rates between 40 and 400 percent.
[SWMS contributor Rachel Odenweller writes:] Over the past five or so years, we’ve been seeing more tech companies in the congressional hot seat as the attention on the ethics of their business practices grows, both in terms of data privacy and market activities.
You'll like this comprehensive cheat sheet -- compiled by SWMS contributor Rachel Odenweller -- containing info on 66 privacy-minded reporters and editors, 13 newsletter authors and nine podcasters. Happy hunting.
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Add Newsweek to the growing list of publishers launching readership communities. The Newsweek Expert Forum now offers a waitlist in advance of its formal opening later this month. Newsweek is building the Expert Forum in association with The Community Company, a virtual professional services firm that manages councils for Forbes, Rolling Stone and Bizjournals.
Bloomberg Quicktake might not change the lives of tech PR pros but it surely has changed Bloomberg. Launched in November, Quicktake is in that newborn stage, getting budget that otherwise might have gone to newsroom key clickers or to Bloomberg Television. Management is betting big on this OTT network to succeed.
Do you care enough about tech workers to read and support a publication about them? Paul Bradley Carr hopes so. Next month he launches Techworker, “an independent news site for, and about, the most powerful workforce on Earth.” You may know Paul’s name from Pando, and going back a decade, from TechCrunch TV.
All year long we’ve read about editors planting their flag in Substack. Rare is the story about someone leaving it. That’s what Jacob Donnelly is doing. Jacob believes he has outgrown Substack, explaining in a Dec. 15 post that the platform is too rigid and prevents him from growing his business.
SWMS contributor Rachel Odenweller writes: The holidays are coming up, and even in a normal year, it’s a hard time for many. While The Great British Bake Off has helped quell our feelings of despair, sometimes circumstances call for a professional mental health perspective.