Facebook is enforcing its "real names" policy, insidiously outing a disproportionate number of gay, trans and adult performers -- placing them at risk for attacks, stalking, privacy violations and more.
Violet Blue unapologetically covers the intersection of tech trends and media stories about corruption, hypocrisy and redemption from tech's fault line, San Francisco.
Violet Blue is the author of The Smart Girl's Guide to Privacy. She contributes to ZDNet, CNET, CBS News, and SF Appeal.
The celebrity stolen nudes debacle has everyone talking about failed protections and victims. Violet Blue thinks it's time to talk about fighting back.
It's been just over one month since Violet Blue switched from being a lifetime Apple and Android user to trying out a Nokia 925. Our newest Windows Phone user has a few things to say.
In a dramatic reversal from policy enforced since it was created three years ago, Google will now allow users to use any name they want across Google services.
What's it like for a lifetime Apple and Android user to begin using a Windows phone? Violet Blue found out.
ANALYSIS: An emotional manipulation experiment Facebook conducted on 689,003 unknowing users has drawn scrutiny from Washington in a formal letter to the FTC.
News of Facebook experimenting on its users' emotional states has rattled everyone. Worse, the tool used to perform the experiments is so flawed there's no way of knowing if users were harmed.
'Quora's misogyny problem' is a tempest out of the teapot, and its current trolls-gone-wild state is a perfect example of why user-based websites need to change the way they think about targeted users.
OPINION: One month after creator and leader of Google+, Vic Gundotra, quietly quit, Google chief Sergey Brin told a conference audience last week that involvement in Google+ was "a mistake." He made the exact opposite statement in 2011.
Adult "tube" site PornHub examined its enormous user data stores with an eye on browser types, but the results reveal that phones and tablets are now 50-50 with desktop porn consumption.