Putting a Face to the Name: The Worldwide Reach of Facebook

Part of a series on the effects of some of the biggest U.S. companies on the app economy. The way that humans have interacted with one another has evolved over millennia. Yet, as we’ve entered the Information Age, we can track a sharp trend toward greater simplicity in how we connect. We are of course referring to the advent and mass popularity of social networking sites. Limited by word count or media type, social media provides an extraordinarily efficient way [...]

Member Spotlight: Andaman7

2007 was a tough year for Vincent Keunen and his family. Only three months after he was diagnosed with leukemia, doctors discovered that his 10-year-old son Pierre was suffering from an extremely rare form of cancer called Ewing’s sarcoma. Although Pierre lost part of his right leg, and Vincent still takes medication, they are both in good health today– in large part due to progress made in modern medicine. The struggle with his own and his son’s battles with cancer [...]

Member Spotlight: Quantified Ag

ACT | The App Association represents app developers and small technology businesses creating new innovations across industry sectors, including in the field of precision agricultural technology. This Member Spotlight features one of our members, Quantified Ag, and talks about the promise and importance of technological innovation in the agricultural sector. It’s no secret that Americans like their hamburgers and steaks, but many don’t think about the logistics that go into getting that perfect medium-rare filet on their plate. In order [...]

Member Spotlight: vitascale™

ACT | The App Association represents app developers and small tech businesses creating innovations around the globe. In this blog post, we are featuring vitascale™ to highlight their creative medical devices. ACT | The App Association member vitascale™ created the world’s first wearables that use respiratory gas analysis to determine an individual’s metabolism and fitness level. While other fitness trackers only estimate these values, the German medical tech company’s headset and handheld devices allow users to precisely measure and track [...]

Can the Government and Tech Find Common Ground on Encrypted Data Access Without Injuring Consumer Privacy?

In July of 2019, Attorney General (AG) William P. Barr made several public statements urging tech companies, in particular those that provide messaging services, to install or implement “backdoors” into their products. In other words, AG Barr requested that these companies provide the federal government with access to encrypted messages and information that the companies themselves would otherwise be unable to access. During his speech, AG Barr argued that without this access, law enforcement would be unable to do its [...]

Spooky Szn Gets (Cyber)Secure

It’s #CybersecurityAwarenessMonth, and we’re celebrating in the most exciting way possible: a survey. ACT | The App Association is part of an industry-government partnership conducting a survey on cybersecurity issues in the small and mid-sized business (SMB) community, and we want to hear from you! What Our survey focuses on companies’ awareness and use of the National Institute of Standards and Technology’s (NIST) Cybersecurity Framework. Who and Why The Information Technology Sector Coordinating Council and the U.S. Department of Homeland [...]

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