There’s a popular parable about five blind men touching various parts of an elephant to identify what they are unable to see. One, touching the tail, proclaims, “Oh, this is long and thin with straw on the end—it’s a broom.” One, touching one of the massive legs...
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The Elephant is Product Safety
Jun 1, 2023 | Insights
There’s a popular parable about five blind men touching various parts of an elephant to identify what they are unable to see. One,...
Data Controller Confusion in EdTech
May 9, 2023 | Insights
Who’s Responsible for Student Data: Data Controller Confusion in EdTech In Spotlight Report #4, we introduced the problem of “data...
Internet Safety Labs Awarded $500K Grant to Continue Research on K-12 EdTech Safety in US Schools
May 1, 2023 | News & Press
Internet Society Foundation grant strengthens Internet Safety Lab’s efforts to uncover potentially harmful data collection/sharing...
Product Safety as a Human Right: Thoughts on Elizabeth Renieris’ “Beyond Data: Reclaiming Human Rights at the Dawn of the Metaverse
Mar 23, 2023 | Insights
Familiar with Elizabeth Renieris’ keen mind and exceptional writing skills, I was excited to read her recently published book,...
Virginia Public Media Interviews ISL
Mar 3, 2023 | News & Press
ISL’s K12 EdTech Safety Benchmark — Part 1 published in December continues to receive media attention. Executive Director, Lisa...
2022: Pivot to Software Product Safety
Dec 23, 2022 | News & Press
Yet another busy year is winding down and I’d like to share some highlights from Internet Safety Labs. This year, we’ve started...
Internet Safety Labs Research Reveals 96% of School Apps Send Student Data to Third Parties, Including Advertisers
Dec 13, 2022 | News & Press
SAN DIEGO, Nov. 23, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Me2B Alliance, a non-profit standards and advocacy organization focused on safe and respectful technology, today announced that it has been awarded a $100,000 grant by the Internet Society Foundation. The foundation funds initiatives that strengthen the Internet in function and reach so that it can effectively serve all people.
Reuters Breaks Story on Dangerous SDK PushWoosh Found by ISL
Nov 14, 2022 | News & Press
Today Reuters broke a long-developing story around a highly risky SDK called Pushwoosh. Internet Safety Labs (ISL) identified this...
Consumer Safety Scorecard for CCPA’s Formal Rulemaking
Sep 21, 2022 | Policy
Our first application of the ISL Consumer Safety Scorecard for Regulation is for the California Consumer Privacy Act regulations recently proposed by the CPPA. It was a bit unusual to apply the scorecard to rulemaking—and not to the entire regulation—but we hope you’ll find it helpful.
Introducing the ISL Consumer Safety Scorecard for Regulation
Sep 15, 2022 | Policy
Unveiling a more efficient and practical way to evaluate proposed regulations. The ISL Consumer Safety Scorecard for Regulation compares the text of proposed regulations against our “must have” regulation safety principles to arrive at an overall ISL safety score for the regulation.
We are monitoring and buying dangling domains to keep people and businesses safer online
Jul 7, 2022 | Research
Dangling domains present massive ongoing safety harm to people, businesses, governments, and institutions. We observed the unique harms of dangling domains during our K12 edtech research last year, and decided to act to raise the issue and encourage others to do the same.
What if people could send legally binding Information Sharing Agreements to businesses
Jun 14, 2022 | Research
The Research Project Part of our work at Internet Safety Labs is to assess the practicalities of safer technology for the mutual...