AP reporter Satter calls for more coverage of companies tracking people
Associated Press reporter Raphael Satter talks about his coverage of cybersecurity and technology crimes with Sam Thielman for Columbia Journalism Review.
Here is an excerpt:
What would you like to see more of on the beat?
What I’d like to see more of is work like Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai and Joseph Cox’s “When the spies come home” series. It’s about domestic surveillance apps—“spouseware”—they’ve just done one fantastic story after another, but I think that’s an area where there’s still really good journalism to be done. They’ve written about a woman tracked by an abusive partner, for example.
State-sponsored espionage is covered pretty aggressively—what I’d be interested in seeing is neither your husband or your parents, nor the NSA, but the middle stuff. Large corporations, for example—how they track you, with companies able to track your phone’s location. I’d encourage people to look into that. There’s more to be done there—not the scary spies or the creepy spies, but the faceless, corporate, medium spies.
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