What would ethical data practices look like? Featuring Amanda McGlothlin

“Tech should be built for good” says Amanda McGlothlin, co-founder and Chief Design Officer at HQ Network, a Los Angeles space start-up providing digital security products and services for individuals and businesses. As a leader in tech, Amanda believes that privacy is a fundamental human right. Hear her tactical, realistic approach to product design that truly protects the user’s privacy.


IN THIS EPISODE YOU’LL LEARN:

  • How VPNs secure your information and prevent unwanted information getting to your devices.
  • How ads and third party tracker are not only annoying, but cost us money and make our technology less valuable.
  • The future of an ad-free user experience.
  • The use of ad-blockers and whether they are as effective as we think.
  • The new privacy laws that protect consumers from data breaches.
  • How companies can exercise more responsibility around their data practices to both protect the user and create success for their business.
  • What product managers and coders can do to support these companies who are willing to change their data practices for good.
  • What dark patterns are and how they apply to data and tracking.
  • Why it’s possible to collect data in moderation and still experience the benefits of analytics.
  • HQ Network’s view of data collecting and their ethical approach to their data practices.
  • A recent Facebook scandal and how it relates to user research.
  • How consumers can protect their data and exercise safety while online.
  • Facebook, as an example of a company that uses less than perfect data practices.

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OTHERS MENTIONED:

  • VPN
  • GDPR
  • Facebook
  • iTunes
  • Apple
  • Sally Hubbard
  • Google Analytics
  • Cookies
  • Javascript
  • Stripe
  • App Store
  • Google
  • Enterprise Certificate
  • Instagram
  • WhatsApp
  • Troy Hunt
  • Katharine Hargreaves
  • ARKO
  • Stuart Turner

If you enjoy this episode, you might enjoy my conversation with Sally Hubbard: Google and Facebook are Monopolies: Does it matter?

How can technology help close early education gaps? feat. Cyrena Chih

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Today on the Innovation For All Podcast, Sheana chats with Cyrena Chih, formerly the Director of Product & Business Development for Khan Academy Kids. Learn in this episode how digital educational resources can support kindergarten readiness.

Khan Academy Kids is a free app, available on iOS and Android, that offers early-learning development activities for two- to six-year-old kids. It features engaging activities that develop not only the literacy and math skills of the child but also social-cognitive skills. Cyrena discusses the product and business choices they’ve made to ensure their product reaches more low-income children and families. She also describes how to tell whether an “educational” app is really designed with kids in mind.

YOU’LL LEARN:

  • How to design kid-friendly applications
  • What a well-executed adaptive learning program looks like
  • Why they choose to turn from a for-profit to a non-profit
  • How do we choose technology to alleviate early achievement gaps?
  • The importance of parents co-playing with their kids.

LINKS

Others Mentioned

CONNECT WITH CYRENA

On Twitter – @cyrenachih

Why FinTech is failing the poor with Wendy De La Rosa

How can FinTech leverage behavioral economics to help people become more financially secure? Sheana Ahlqvist talks to Wendy De La Rosa, co-founder of Common Cents Lab, a research lab that launches and tests products to help low-to-moderate-income Americans.

IN THIS EPISODE YOU’LL HEAR:

  • What kinds of Fintech products and apps effectively help people budget and save.
  • How certain Fintech apps could be hurting more than helping those below the poverty line.
  • Why lots of common features are ineffective and undermine our interest in savings.
  • Tricks from behavioural economics that anyone can use to get their spending habits in order.
  • How the needs of those in poverty are drastically different and what product managers can do to fit their unique needs.
  • Specific ways to remove friction around SNAP benefits, tax refunds and loan repayments to help people in poverty get ahead.
  • Frequency Budgets vs. Financial Budgets
  • What dark patterns are and how they apply to Fintech products.
  • How “round-ups” can help people save money in the long term.
  • How temptation plays a major role in how people deal with their money.

Sheana and Wendy also talk about Wendy’s course: Designing AI to Cultivate Human Well Being.

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OTHERS MENTIONED:

  • Tech Crunch
  • Forbes
  • 30 Under 30 Forbes
  • PBS News
  • MetLife Foundation
  • Uber
  • Lyft
  • SNAP Benefits
  • Ford
  • Amanda McLaughlin
  • Jennifer Aaker
  • Fei Fei Li
  • LinkedIn
  • Facebook
  • Stanford University

Stereotyping Appalachia: What Tech Gets Wrong feat. Dr. Sherry Hamby

In this episode of the Innovation For All Podcast, Sheana Ahlqvist talks to Dr. Sherry Hamby, a Research Professor of Psychology at the University of the South and a Director of the Life Paths Research Center (LPRC). They talk about the role of technology in peoples daily lives. They discuss Appalachian attitudes and values, ResilienceCon and how different societies operate in a technology-centric environment.

IN THIS EPISODE YOU’LL HEAR:

  • The culture of values and skepticism that makes Appalachian resistant to technology
  • What are the attitudes and stereotypes about Appalachia?
  • How are low income regions like Appalachia portrayed?
  • How different forms of violence are shifting online, for instance Cyber bullying
  • The negative effects on relationships from technology
  • How do people feel about Privacy invasion, data protection and cyber-crimes?
  • Is protecting our own privacy equally distributed among the rich and the poor?
  • What are the differences between how rural and urban societies operate?
  • How do regulations fit in all this?
  • The importance of consent in letting technology earn the trust of people.

Sheana and Sherry also talk about ResilienceCon.

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OTHERS MENTIONED

  • Orange is the New Black
  • The Simpsons
  • Yelp
  • Amazon
  • GDPR
  • Apple
  • Facebook
  • TED Talks
  • Jeff Temple
  • Emily Rothman

CONNECT WITH SHERRY

What did you change your mind about in 2018? Answers on AI, data, work, and more.

In this special episode, our favorite experts on AI, tech monopolies, and more return to answer two key questions: What is something you’ve changed your mind about in 2018? And what is something you’d like to see become a larger part of the conversation in 2019?

You don’t want to miss this one. Want to hear more from these great guests? Check out their full episodes: