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.

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'A great way to wear your activism': Apps are powering a fashion resale revolution

With the help of apps, the digital thrift market is eclipsing traditional retail in growth as savvy shoppers hunt for bargains, luxury goods, and a more ecologically conscious way to keep their wardrobes up to date.
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Controversial Clearview AI app could 'end privacy.' So, what now?

​​​​​​​When it comes to the new facial recognition app, there’s no putting the genie back in the bottle, say experts. But new laws could give users some recourse against the unfettered use of their data.
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Tech trends for 2020: minimalism, satellite-driven data and China's rise as a superpower

Every January, along with the new year come scads of predictions about what lies ahead. Sure, there will be flashy wearables and new smartphone models. But here are the real innovations and trends according to tech columnist Ramona Pringle.
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Kids don't trust Alexa to give the right answer

Many grownups turn to the internet for answers to their questions. But when humans and computers like Alexa come up with different responses, who to choose? Unlike adults, kids tend to side with the humans.
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Would social media be better if we paid for it?

Information wants to be free — that’s a founding premise of the internet. But would paying for services like Facebook and Google make for a better experience? Maybe.
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The case for making political parties follow the same privacy rules as corporations

Political parties aren't being sufficiently upfront about how they collect and use voter data, experts say, especially when it comes to their apps.
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What MIT Media Lab's funding scandal says about sexism in tech

The MIT Media Lab accepted — and covered up — millions of dollars in donations from billionaire sex trafficker Jeffrey Epstein. While one institution is at the centre of the scandal, the issues at the core of the controversy are prevalent across the tech industry, experts say.
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'Aging with attitude': How to fix technology's ageism problem

Resources devoted to seniors and their adoption of new digital technology are sparse, but that's slowly starting to change, writes Ramona Pringle.
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If you work for Uber or DoorDash, your boss isn't a person but an algorithm

Apps like Uber, Lyft, DoorDash or Postmates are all part of the gig economy, offering the freedom of "being your own boss." But it's not nearly that simple, writes Ramona Pringle.
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The downside of giving app users too many superpowers

The superhero with X-ray vision who can see through buildings is probably guilty of substantial privacy violations, and the same applies to technology superpowers. Here's how a hot email startup offering users 'superhuman' abilities created a privacy controversy.
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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.