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Robin Leigh

Director of Content

Robin has been a professional writer for her entire adult life. She is BiTE’s Director of Content, and specializes in political and social analysis of tech developments, and semi-snarkily live-tweeting Apple events. In her spare time she enjoys ranting.

Published Posts

Facial Recognition and Bias: The Price of Progress

We can remember facial recognition seeming like a sci-fi wonder. There was something alluring about the idea of machines so smart they’d know us, and tech so advanced it was like a friend. But the more sinister applications were always simmering under the surface. Even in 1990, Total Recall envisioned a world in which you …

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The Rise of Cybercrime During the Pandemic

Covid-19 has brought out the best in a lot of people. At the same time, if you’re someone who preys on the weak, this global pandemic is a banquet. If you’re anything like us you’ve seen a huge increase in phishing and scam calls since all of this began in earnest. Interestingly, so have corporations. …

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Broadband Access in the Age of Covid-19

BiTE is a completely remote, distributed team. That’s not COVID-related; we’ve been that way since the day we hung out our virtual shingle. As the I-guess-we’re-in-the-second-wave-even-though-the-first-never-ended pandemic rages on, and more businesses move to remote work, we’re watching businesses struggle with the shift. And the infrastructure, too. Temporary outages are more and more common (in …

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TikTok, Vine, and the Monetization of Creativity

We’ve been talking about TikTok a lot lately, and not just as an excuse to post our favorite videos (though that is certainly a nice bonus). And in a bit of accidental prescience last week we compared them to the rapidly sinking Quibi, a company whose ambition exceeded its understanding of the mobile market. TikTok, …

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Quibi and the Brave New World of Mobile Entertainment

A few weeks ago we talked about the rapid advances in streaming and entertainment since the pandemic tightened its grip. And in that piece we spent a couple paragraphs dunking on the surreally bad non-starter of an idea that is Quibi. We have fun here. The thing is, we just couldn’t imagine a platform of …

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India’s Ban on TikTok and App Store Politics

TikTok, if you’re the average user, is probably nothing but a wonderland of silly videos and exceptional creativity. But it’s also a global platform with 500 million active monthly users that has risen out of nowhere to become an accidental, sociopolitical powerhouse in just three years. And it’s the center of some pretty high-test controversy. …

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India's ban on TikTok solidifies the app's position as an unlikely geopolitical force.

WWDC20: What’s New in Apple’s iOS 14

If we’re honest, we were a little worried that the very first, virtual WWDC would lose something of the excitement we’ve come to expect from years past. The steady hum of anticipatory chatter through the crowd; the warm glow of a thousand laptop screens a half-brightness in readiness for the first speaker — we thought …

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Our Statement on Black Lives Matter

Since George Floyd’s murder we, like many of you, have taken a long and hard look at the foundations of our nation and the role systemic racism plays in our society and our criminal justice system.  It is an outrage that Black Americans are 3 times more likely to be killed by police than white …

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