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Epic Games Fortnite Fine: It settles with FTC for Deceptive Design and Privacy Violations Towards Children
Epic Games will pay $275 million for “violating children’s privacy law”, in addition to another payment of $245 million in refunds for “tricking users into making unwanted charges” within Fortnite‘s in-game store.
Consumers who believe they were unfairly charged for in-game purchases can go to a website set up by the FTC to request refunds. It is likely to take several months or longer to process those claims, the FTC said.
Laws Protecting Children from Poor Quality Screen Time Online ( and Some Failed Attempts)
Governments around the world are crafting or attempt to craft laws to protect children online. We look at online child protection legislation and proposed legislation in France, the UK, California, Canada and the US below since 2018. As we discuss in our remote conferences/workshops for parents on digital parenting and our student workshops on digital media and security, democracy and mental...
What the hell is TikTok ?
You’re not a tween or teen, or even a 20-something adult and are wondering what in the hell is the TikTok app? Its actually a new type of studio and television, catering mainly to the 7 to 20 year olds. We’ll detail what this new kind of movie studio and tv combined is. Then we’ll give you the inside scoop on the 24 hour party its like on there.
How many teen depressions & suicides until TikTok, Instagram & Snapchat have to bear a ” bad for your health” label ?
Running a TikTok & Instagram challenge for teens for Tech for Good Canada has made me ever more aware of the “Weapons of Mass Distraction” they are- and how underrepresented & creators can love it though. This is a societal division machine like no other.
Canadian Youth Activists On TikTok
Who are some of Canada's youth activists that are using TikTok to further their cause ? This is part of the We Stop Scrolling research project Tech for Good Canada embarked on in September 2021 with Ontario Tech University's innovative Steam-3D Maker Lab. Here are the causes we've been curating influencers on since September 2021 on WeStopScrolling on TikTok (and WeStopScrolling on Instagram,...
The WSJ “Facebook Files” Revelations Impose Government Action in Canada
In September 2021, the Wall Street Journal published a series of internal Facebook reports, now known as The Facebook Files, that show Facebook knew its negative impact on teenagers’ mental health, societal polarization, misinformation, and more.
The revelations from a woman employee put in even greater light the larger, systemic harms that Facebook — and other persuasive technology giants — are able to have on society. Canadian governement must now urgently tax, legislate and regulate Facebook (and its WhatsApp and Instagram properties) and Tech giants like TikTok, Google, and YouTube.
ByteDance’s Tik Tok Data Collection Tool – and Lawsuits
ByteDance is the publisher of Tik Tok, a fun tool on the face of it to lip synch to videos and become world famous – but a powerful data collection and ecommerce tool on the back side.
From digital marketing to digital citizenship
Canada Research Chair on Youth
Venture Partner, Matr Ventures, privacy and marketing expert