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Mónica Guzmán

Stories at the intersection of tech and life from a boldly connected city.

Category: Security
March 29, 2014 at 8:00 PM

Will cyberattacks destroy the invention economy? Seattle-area analyst sees danger ahead

On a scale of 1 to 10, how much would you say you care about IP theft? IP what? IP is intellectual property. It’s the core of invention — the thing that gets protected so that good ideas become good products that make good money and inspire more good products down the road. If you’re like me, the…

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November 2, 2013 at 8:03 PM

Four digital divides: Where do you stand?

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Maybe you’ve heard of the “digital divide.”

It’s a term coined in the ’90s to refer to the mostly socioeconomic gap between people who can access information technologies and those who can’t. The concept gave thinkers and policymakers a grasp on a new problem: For more people to prosper, the digital divide would need to be closed.

I’ve been thinking about digital divides a lot lately, but rarely in this traditional sense. Tech has come a long way in 20 years, and it’s raised all kinds of sticky new issues. It’s made me think: If we take a fresh look at what divides us in our use of tech, we might get a better grip on whether we’re headed somewhere we want to be.

So here goes: I think there are four digital divides that matter. As we consider them, ask yourself: Where am i on these divides? And do they all demand to be resolved, or in some ways, protected?

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June 10, 2013 at 6:11 PM

Apple’s Activation Lock feature a potential victory for law enforcement

Nothing is truly foolproof when it comes to securing your phone. But device manufacturers are working on it. Apple today announced a new feature in its iOS mobile software at its Worldwide Developers Conference that appears to represent a big step toward law enforcement’s dream — a remote “kill switch” on smartphones. The feature, called…

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