New show adds DNA to the matchmaking business

(Apr 9, 2021) DNA has been a staple of cop shows for decades, but now, a new Netflix show has taken DNA into a different realm — the arena of genealogy testing. “The One” ... Read More

Privacy is not dead; it's powerful

(Mar 23, 2021) For decades, people have proclaimed a now-common refrain that "privacy is dead." So get on with it, they say.  You probably know some of the most fam... Read More

DNA is no longer just for 'Law and Order' reruns anymore

(Mar 23, 2021) Maybe it's just me, but it seems like it's nearly impossible to keep track of all the different TV shows debuting on streaming services nowadays. Sure, Disne... Read More

In pop culture, biometrics follow the 'rule of cool'

(Feb 23, 2021) Stop me if you've seen this one before. You are watching a movie or a TV show in which a spy team has to obtain important information. Whatever they ... Read More

Art imitating life: Surveillance in pop culture is almost always serious business

(Jan 26, 2021) I wonder if they will ever come up with a specific term for a particular phenomenon we have all faced at one time or another. You know the one where you scro... Read More

BBB National Programs determines photo editor app is not directed to children

(Jan 22, 2021) Following a review of Visual Supply Company stemming from concerns about an online audience under the age of 13, BBB National Programs’ Children’s Advertisin... Read More

Why Batman shouldn't write your privacy notice

(Dec 1, 2020) I am a firm believer in the idea that there's no wrong way to consume pop culture. Sometimes life gets you down, and you don't want to watch a harrow... Read More

How social media's use of personal data affects democracy

(Sep 29, 2020) In the constant churn of national and international news, it’s easy for important items to get overlooked — even when the story is one that helps explain how... Read More

Analyzing how social media platforms' use of personal data impacts democracy

(Sep 29, 2020) Almost lost in the ever-changing news cycle was a report detailing the extent to which social media is leveraged to amplify false and misleading content rela... Read More

Sports franchises exploring facial recognition at stadiums

(Aug 3, 2020) Some professional sports teams across the U.S. are trialing facial recognition technology in their stadiums, The Wall Street Journal reports. The thought beh... Read More