This was a week in which I had to weigh the pros and cons of leading with "China is spying on all of us through grains of rice hidden inside our computers" or "50 million 500 thousand people had their personal data stolen from TWO OF THE BIGGEST TECH COMPANIES IN THE WORLD and no one gives a isht anymore" and I'm sorry, but there's going to be a bit of yelling.
Amazon discovered the microchips, which are about the size of a grain of rice, in its due diligence of an acquisition target who had previously sold devices with the chips in them to the Department of Defense for use in their data centers, the CIA for use in Drone Operations, and literal onboard network of ships in the US Navy.
And then the most-blargh-of-appendices to the Facebook Data Breach story from last week was that Google has also been affected by the same style of breach as its blue-r brother had been.
When we don't pay attention to the bad behaviour of big companies - either because we don't care ("data. SO BORING. ugh.") or because who honestly has the dog-gamn energy anymore, I can protest the downfall of society or rampant tech monstrosity but SERIOUSLY BOTH ARE YOU KIDDING ME *rampant yelling* - they start doing really ugly, shameful things. This week (today, even!) Google suffered a data breach and they literally had a conversation in the company somewhere where they decided that shuttering the breached product and telling nobody it even happened was a better PR strategy than coming clean and going to the authorities. 500,000 peoples' information.
We need to keep getting mad, and loud, and irritated about this sort of thing if we want it to change. I am the first to acknowledge when stuff is so crappy it doesn't feel like righteous is even worth it anymore, but then when we don't react they literally sweep it under the rug.
Go out, buy better alternatives, attend maker festivals and tech-for-good launches, and support the HAT. Because goodness help us if you don't apparently.
Yours in HAT,