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The Me2B Alliance is now Internet Safety Labs

The Me2B Alliance is now Internet Safety Labs

We are excited to announce the Me2B Alliance is now Internet Safety Labs. We’ve changed our name but not our core mission. Here’s our new pitch. We are Internet Safety Labs, and we're on a mission to make technology safe for everyone. We’re a nonprofit that creates...

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Freedom in the Digital World

Freedom in the Digital World

I’m writing this on USA’s Independence Day 2021. I’ve been thinking a lot about freedom—especially in the digital world. Mainly because it doesn’t exist there (or here, since I’m posting this online).

For some time, the Me2B Alliance has been working on easy-to-understand educational material to better convey the particular harms visited upon us through the “Invisible Parallel Dataverse”, which is mainly embodied through a vast network of entities artfully calling themselves a “media ecosystem” but which is in fact the massive infrastructure and industry of Digital Advertising.

Flash Guide #1: What is the Me2B Alliance:  A Safe Software Standard for the Internet

Flash Guide #1: What is the Me2B Alliance: A Safe Software Standard for the Internet

The Me2B Alliance is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit creating a safe and just digital world through standards development and independent technology testing. We are a new type of Standards Developing Organization (SDO) – involving everyday people in creating the standard for safe and respectful technology. We also perform independent testing and audits of connected technology, like websites and mobile apps.

Me2BA Sees Progress in Google’s “Pre-Announcement” for an Independently Audited Safety Section in Google Play Store

Me2BA Sees Progress in Google’s “Pre-Announcement” for an Independently Audited Safety Section in Google Play Store

On May 6, 2021, two days after the Me2B Alliance published our report on data sharing in school utility apps, Google issued a “pre-announcement” describing major improvements to app labeling in the Android app store.

The announcement signals a serious intention to not only catch up to Apple’s privacy label, but surpass it, by introducing independent validation of the Android app privacy information.

The Policymaker’s Guide to Respectful Technology in Legislation

The Policymaker’s Guide to Respectful Technology in Legislation

The concept of better privacy practices is not new – we’ve been talking about it since the birth
of the internet. But what exactly does “better privacy” mean, and how do we get there?

Policymakers have been working on legislation oriented around privacy for some time. While
there have been some steps in the right direction, significant change won’t happen until we
broaden the lens. What most people want but don’t have the terms to describe is respectful
digital relationships. In the same way there is an unspoken code for respectful behavior in
physical-realm relationships, this same type of behavior is just as essential when engaging with
an online service or website.

Me2BA Succeeds in Advancing California Privacy Regulations

Me2BA Succeeds in Advancing California Privacy Regulations

Chalk up a win for the good guys on data privacy.  And California residents are the ultimate winners. 

Back in December, 2020, the Me2B Alliance submitted a letter to the Office of the Attorney General for the State of California. The letter was in response to proposed changes to the regulations adopted by the AG’s office to implement the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA). Our letter noted that the Alliance has a clear preference for privacy by default , which in this instance means that “opt in” (a consumer’s clearly stated preference to share her information and receive advertising) is a more respectful default standard than requiring consumers to “opt out.”