Digital Passport Debate

Dwaiter Weekly


August 5, 2021


NYC Vaccine Pass Plan Sparks Privacy Concerns

When New York City announced on Tuesday that it would soon require people to show proof of at least one Covid vaccine shot to enter businesses, it reignited a privacy debate, the New York Times reports. The mainstreaming of digital vaccine passes could lead to more surveillance, privacy researchers cautioned. Vaccine passes may enable location tracking, and there are few rules about how people’s digital vaccine data should be stored and how it can be shared.


Understanding the Metaverse

The term "metaverse" has been around for a long time. But it has gained considerable buzz recently with Facebook creating an entire metaverse group in its AR/VR-focused Reality Labs division and Microsoft now searching for the "enterprise metaverse." But what exactly is the metaverse? CNet explores that question.


Rapyd Raises $300M as Fintech Valuations Boom

The valuation of Rapyd, the platform that handles payments for Uber and Ikea, has doubled to $5 billion since raising $300 million in a Series E round, Forbes reports. The London-based company, which was founded by three Israelis in 2016, is part of a booming industry that handles the cash for the digital economy.


Hootsuite to Buy AI-Platform Heyday for $48M

Social media management platform Hootsuite this week said it is acquiring Heyday, a conversational AI platform, for about $48 million, GeekWire reports. The acquisition will enable Hootsuite users to message their customers directly with an AI-enabled chat and video function and allow brands to respond to customers in real time.



A Primer for TikTok Advertising

TikTok, which has quickly established itself as a social media powerhouse, has become a brand go-to for creator and influencer marketing. Ad Age has compiled what advertisers should know about TikTok creators, e-commerce opportunities and more.


The Intent Behind Dark Patterns 

What are dark patterns? As explained on The Conversation, they are design elements that deliberately obscure, mislead, coerce and/or deceive website visitors. They take the form of deceptively labeled buttons, choices that are difficult to undo and graphical elements like color and shading that direct users’ attention to or away from certain options.


Can Citizen Monetize its Fear-Based Platform? 

Citizen has spent the last several years alerting users to crimes, fires, and car accidents in their neighborhoods. Now, it is officially getting into the fear monetization game, Vox reports. The crowdsourced public safety app launched Citizen Protect, a $19.99/month service that gives subscribers access to emergency assistance. One marketing hurdle for Citizen: It has a reputation for promoting vigilantism and disaster voyeurism.


A Lightweight Modular Laptop That Delivers

Startup Framework's ambitious plans for a fully repairable, modular laptop aiming to compete on even ground with industry champions like Dell's XPS 13 initially seemed like quite a long shot. It promised lightweight, ultraslim 13-inch laptop including custom-built hardware features no other company had ever offered—most notably, four modular bays replacing the usual collection of hardwired laptop I/O ports. And that's exactly what it has delivered, Ars Technica reports.


The Risks of Investing in Digital Currencies

Volatile markets, no regulation, and a host of sketchy financial products make investing in cryptocurrency a little like playing the lottery, The Markup reports. During the last year, the overall cryptocurrency market capitalization has swung from $293.1 billion in July 2020 up to a record high of $2.5 trillion in May 2021 and then down to $1.5 trillion as of late July. Regardless, investors are increasingly eager to get into the game.


TSA Bazaar

GovDeals, a website where government agencies sell off surplus inventory—including property confiscated from travelers by the TSA—has some unusual deals, Vice reports. Like 14 pounds of assorted knives, 12 pounds of scissors, and six pounds of reading glasses. Other listings include a variety of nail clippers, FitBits and Apple AirPods—all categorized as “confiscated/forfeited/personal property.”

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