Ramona Pringle

Technology Columnist

Ramona Pringle is an associate professor in Faculty of Communication and Design and director of the Creative Innovation Studio at Ryerson University. She is a CBC contributor who writes and reports on the relationship between people and technology.

Latest from Ramona Pringle

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Double or nothing? Social media influencers' value is open to debate

An ice cream truck owner's Instagram post recently went viral after he started charging social media influencers double for a cone. Has having tens of thousands of followers lost its lustre? The answer, say experts, is complex.
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Hong Kong protesters go offline to dodge China's digital surveillance

China tracks nearly everything individuals say and do, online and off. That technological overreach has been evident in the streets of Hong Kong, influencing how protesters choose to use — or refrain from using — digital tools.
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Netflix, Spotify and more? It might be time to 'Marie Kondo' your digital subscriptions

With the unprecedented convenience of services like Netflix, Dropbox and Spotify it can be easy to end up with more subscriptions than we really need, use … or can afford.
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'It's time for us to watch them': App lets you spy on Alexa and the rest of your smart devices

It's no secret that our increasingly "smart" houses have become a rich source of data for companies. We know — in a general sense, anyway — that we are sacrificing some privacy for the sake of convenience. What most of us don't know is how much —and to whom. A new tool can provide some answers.
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The case against Facebook: A 'dataopoly' with too much market power

Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg recently called for greater government oversight of the internet. But some experts say that won't be enough to solve the serious problems with the social media giant, including the spread of disinformation, hate speech and foreign election meddling.
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Isn't it time the internet started acting its age?

The web is turning 30 this month. But according to some experts, we’re still treating it like a teenager.
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The writing of this AI is so human that its creators are scared to release it

A new text generator driven by artificial intelligence writes prose that can fool humans into believing that it is authentic. And that has dangerous repercussions when it comes to the mass production of disinformation.
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Technology focused on health promises women more control over their lives

A new niche of the tech industry is taking off, with apps and gadgets that promise women more control over their health and lives. As with all technology, this development comes with promise and peril.
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Working remotely from a tropical beach is tougher than it looks

Technology makes it possible to be a digital nomad, earning a living while travelling the world. But that life is not without its challenges.
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From star ratings to video views, beware fake internet stats

Most of us know by now that we can't trust everything we see online. But just how much of the internet is fake? It's more than you might expect.
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A look back at the year Facebook's dark side came to light

It's been a pivotal year for tech, as more information has come to light about the dark side of the tools billions of people use on a daily basis. And perhaps no company better epitomizes the current relationship between consumers and the world of tech than Facebook.
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Parents are giving tons of their kids' personal data away — and the long-term effects aren't yet known

On average, parents will post more than 1,000 images of their children online before they're old enough to have their own social media accounts, according to a new report on the digital lives of kids. And that size of 'digital footprint' comes with risks that may not yet be fully realized.
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Fake news, even fake fact-checkers, found in run-up to U.S. midterms

When the results of today’s U.S. midterms are tallied, people will have a clearer sense of how the American people really feel about the current administration. Or at least, how they feel based on the information they’ve read, leading up to the election — not all of which was factual.
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Clean tech solutions need to scale up in the battle against climate change, experts say

From solar power to self-driving electric cars, we have access to the technologies and tools to help battle the devastating effects of climate change. But to make a difference, they need to be implemented on a global scale.
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As machines take over our jobs, human ingenuity has an opportunity to shine

While fear has initially dominated the conversation around AI and the automation of our economy, more recent predictions suggest there's also real human opportunity in this tidal wave of disruption.