Tech News Weekly

Jun 16th 2022

Tech News Weekly 239

3 + 2 = Web5?

Dorsey's Web5 Idea, Meta's Time Limit, Health Data Protection, Activision's SEC Filing

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Category: News

Jack Dorsey wants to skip Web3 and Web4 and go straight to a decentralized Web5 … or does he? Instagram is adding new features and partnerships to encourage young people to take a break from the social media platform. New legislation aims to ban the sale of health and location data to third parties. Activision Blizzard, which was internally investigating claims of harassment at the company, says it failed to find a systemic issue.

First, CoinDesk's Sam Kessler stops by the show to discuss former Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey's latest vision for a decentralized internet: Web5. Kessler discusses Dorsey's announcement and helps sift through the jokes and memes surrounding the idea.

Then, Lizzy Lawrence of Protocol joins the show to talk about Instagram's latest Health and Safety features. The social media network has partnered with influencers and implemented a number of prompts to encourage users to step away from Instagram from time to time. Lawrence examines the efficacy of the updates.

Then, Jason shares a story about new legislation that would ban the sale of health and location data by apps and services that collect the information. Some weather apps, cycle trackers, and other apps collect data about an individual user and sell that information to third-party data brokers. This potential law would ban the practice.

Lastly, Mikah talks about Activision Blizzard's recent SEC filing. The company says it completed an internal investigation regarding harassment, but failed to find a "systemic issue."

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