Sorry, Mr. Baffert. Your horse is not a victim of cancel culture

There will be no Triple Crown champion in 2021. …


Will AI replace us or become our next best friend?

Go on the Internet these days and you’re probably going to run into someone or other touting artificial intelligence as the next big thing. …


Can Big Tech disrupt the global economy?

If you’re like me, you may remember that bygone era when Americans rolled up to drive-through windows and exchanged money with live bank tellers. Then ATMs arrived and forever altered the banking industry. …


The potential and peril of facial recognition

In the beginning of George Orwell’s dystopian classic, 1984, the novel’s everyman protagonist, Winston Smith, encounters a poster with a now infamous slogan. “Big Brother is watching you,” the poster ominously warns. …


Data privacy’s very busy month (October 2019)

October has been a busy month for data privacy. Things kicked off on October 1st when the CJEU issued a landmark ruling on that clarifies consent requirements for cookies. Not to be outdone, California Governor Gavin Newsom signed six CCPA amendments and a related bill requiring data brokers to register…


Realpolitik and the double-standard of pandemic stockpiling

I will always remember the day the COVID-19 pandemic became real to me. I was standing in the checkout line at Costco with a case of facial tissue to fill in for toilet paper. When I got to the checker, he confirmed my fears.

“Toilet paper’s all gone. If I…


Disney+ won its first head-to-head against Apple TV+. Here’s why Apple still has a path to victory.

Long, long ago, before Baby Yoda became a pop culture phenomenon, in a galaxy that spanned Hollywood and Silicon Valley, Disney and Apple were destined to merge their respective companies to create an unstoppable media empire. …


When it comes to data privacy, the US government holds the winning hand

On November 18th, sometime sparring partners Donald Trump and Apple CEO Tim Cook laid down their boxing gloves to tour a facility in Austin, Texas that assembles Macs. For Cook, the tour was an opportunity to showcase Apple’s activities at the three-year-old plant. Trump, apparently, had other ideas. …


Narrative as thought experiment

Halfway through November, I’ve come to an important realization. I’m not looking forward to the holidays.

Don’t get me wrong. I love roast bird and pie as much as the next person. My lack of holiday spirit has nothing to do with my disdain for tradition or my dread of…


How less-than-glowing feedback is making me a better writer

Photo by Hello I’m Nik 🇬🇧 on Unsplash

I have a confession to make. In the ten years I’ve been writing fiction, I’ve received more negative reviews than glowing ones by roughly a 3:1 ratio and that’s okay, because even brutally…

Heather Havens

I am a thinker, writer, and sometime activist who writes about data privacy, technology, mental health, and entertainment, as well as the occasional novel.

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