Silicon Valley Needs Abusability Testing

Andy Greenberg writes that security isn’t enough for Silicon Valley. Companies should also adopt abusability testing.

It’s time for Silicon Valley companies to take the potential for unintended, malicious use of a product as seriously as they take its security. From Russian disinformation on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram to YouTube extremism to drones grounding air traffic, Soltani argues that tech companies need to think not just in terms of protecting their own users, but what Soltani calls abusability: the possibility that users could exploit their tech to harm others, or the world.

In my cynical opinion, companies don’t care about whether their products could cause social harm. It’s all about money.

Silicon Valley Company Towns and Going Deep on Tim Cook's Plans for Apple Car - ACM 414

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and Priscilla Chan have made a major donation to a group helping teachers buy homes near Facebook’s headquarters. Bryan and Jeff think Silicon Valley may need to think even bigger and build some company towns. They also dive deep into Tim Cook’s Apple Car plans, including his three vectors of autonomous vehicles, electric vehicles, and ride sharing services.