Today on Cory Doctorow’s Pluralistic:

  • Healthcare scammers recycle Indonesian COVID nose swabs. (“Recycled nose swabs” is not a phrase you ever want to hear.) Recycled nose swabs aren’t just gross–they export infections.
  • Ed-tech apps spy on kids, and are made by companies run by terrible people who rely on junk science, punish kids for being poor or Black, abuse copyright law, and do their main work for tyrants in the Middle East and former Soviet Union.
  • Telcos submitted 18 million fake comments to the FCC opposing net neutrality, according to the NY AG.