Stephen Spiker

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Developers Alliance Contributor & Senior Director of Research & Staff Development at Wakefield Research

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Netflix’s Tweet Inadvertently Sparks Data Privacy Debate

The tweet wasn’t exactly ratio’d (eight thousand replies to nearly half-a-million likes), but it did prompt many, from everyday users to tech and legal experts, to weigh in on Netflix’s use of anonymized consumer data. Everybody knows Netflix collects data like this – how else do they populate their “Trending” categories – but the casual flaunting of it rubbed some the wrong way, even beyond its mocking tone.

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As court hears appeal in Oracle v Google, new Alliance report shows $77B at stake

Today the Developers Alliance and NDP Analytics released a new report, “Quantifying Risks to Interoperability in the Software Industry,” that found the negative economic impact of threats to interoperability in the home and auto IoT space alone could exceed $77 billion in economic productivity over the next eight years. Building barriers and allowing companies to license and restrict access to programming languages will fracture the market, increase security risks, harm developers, and jeopardize those economic gains.

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SMEs and Indie Developers Want Predictability, Not Favors

Near the end of the survey, we asked developer and publishers for advice they would want to pass to the platforms they work with. What was instructive in their comments was that no one said they wanted a handout. There weren’t complaints about bigger businesses, or the competition for time and resources where they are frequently deprioritized. There weren’t requests for special favors or “fairer” treatment. They believe the system in which they operate is working, not in need of overhaul.

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