Pixel Envy

Written by Nick Heer.

Charlie Warzel Interviews Shoshana Wodinsky About the Ad Tech Ecosystem

I have been enjoying Charlie Warzel’s Galaxy Brain newsletter generally, and I think this issue from last Thursday — I am still catching up — is a particularly good example.

Shoshana Wodinsky writes the advertising technology and privacy beat at Gizmodo. I have repeatedly linked to her effective coverage of these issues, including stories about a priest using Grindr and TikTok’s ownership. I recommend this interview in Galaxy Brain because it illustrates the depths of this reporting beat: there are so many layers to privacy-abusing ad technologies, and the industry is incentivized to pursue more because there are few guardrails.