Street Fight is on a mission to better optimize and structure our content. So we’ve launched new thematic coverage. Monthly themes will zero in on key subtopics in local commerce, joining the ongoing daily reporting on a variety of tech & media news, as it happens. This makes our coverage both proactive and reactive.

These themes represent the tentpole issues of location-based media and commerce and will structure Street Fight’s focus on an ongoing basis. Topics are listed below as a living, breathing taxonomy that will evolve. We’ll add topics as they gain relevance, and assign topics to months in the calendar year.

Reach out to us if you have theme suggestions or valuable insights that fit within these themes and coverage schedule.

January 2020: Pursuing Privacy

This month, the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) becomes law. The regulation impacts California businesses as well as those who count Californians within their customer base, and is likely to act as a bellwether for future legislation in other states and perhaps at the federal level. Companies that rely on consumer data must reckon with the rights of consumers to control how and whether their data can be used. See our coverage here.

Past & Ongoing Themes

These themes represent past and ongoing coverage, and will be slotted into the above editorial calendar on an ongoing basis. Each month’s editorial theme acts as a focal point for our coverage.

Beyond the Screen:  The screen has always been our primary interface but the world of tech is bringing us new formats including voice, computer vision and augmented reality. Beyond the Screen encapsulates these topics and the evolving set of front-end interfaces for local media and commerce. See our coverage here.

Word of Mouth: The oldest and still most effective form of local marketing is word of mouth. That’s taken a new form today in the art of reputation management. Under the Word of Mouth theme, we cover topics including social media marketing, reviews management multimedia strategies. See our coverage here.

Targeting Location: A central issue for location-based media and commerce is the moving target of how to pinpoint and optimize strategies around device location. We cover topics under Targeting Location like location-targeted ads, attribution, paid search, and location data strategies. See our coverage here.

Automating Local: How is AI impacting local commerce and marketing, and who’s doing what? This theme highlights topics like Amazon’s move to create intelligent and streamlined retail operations, as well as AI’s role in local search such as voice-enabled smart devices and personal assistants. See our coverage here.

Visualizing Local: How are marketers using visual content to boost visibility, presence, and conversions? With Visualizing Local, we examine topics like image search, visual strategies in local listings, and visually-oriented social media like Instagram Stories. See our coverage here.

Pursuing Privacy: In the wake of Facebook’s data collection misdeeds, the privacy backlash is swift and formidable. Pursuing Privacy is our theme for key issues like location intelligence and privacy regulations such as GDPR and CCPA. See our coverage here.

Disrupting Retail: Physical-world retail is at a crossroads as we see a growing divergence between success stories and victims of “retailpocalypse.” The difference is a function of digital adaptiveness. With Disrupting Retail, we cover topics like in-store innovation and Amazon’s strategic moves. See our coverage here.

Driving Local: The car is the ultimate mobile device. And it’s becoming local’s next battleground as more and more sensors are infused. Topics like autonomous vehicles are covered under Driving Local, as well as the car’s increasing role in the local search and discovery process. See our coverage here.

Mapping the Future: Of all of the technologies and consumer touchpoints to local commerce, mapping is perhaps the most relevant. Mapping the Future addresses maps as the primary tool for local search and discovery. We discuss UX innovations, visual mapping, and mapping as a component of local search and SEO strategies. See our coverage here.

Vertical Challenge: To verticalize or not to verticalize… that is the question in local commerce. The Vertical Challenge theme targets vertical-specific strategies and the pros and cons of zeroing in on local business categories. See our coverage here.

Holiday Blitz: All of the local commerce innovations throughout the year are given the chance to shine during the end-of-year holiday shopping blitz. We cover topics like shopping behavior, year-over-year trend analysis and retail strategies. See our coverage here.

Connected Consumer: How are we as consumers increasingly tapped into networked content and data. This includes topics like personal assistant apps, smart speakers, IoT and wearables. See our coverage here.

Theme of the Month: Pursuing Privacy

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6 Privacy Tools for CCPA Compliance

With the clock ticking on full enforcement of CCPA, businesses are looking at how they can get into compliance—and fast. Technology vendors have been quick to step in and fill that void, launching integrated privacy management platforms with CCPA and the European Union’s GDPR in mind. Most of these platforms can be configured to specific privacy regulations, helping businesses automate their data collection practices and regularly performing risk assessments to determine whether they’re handling personal data correctly.

Here are six examples of tools that companies can use to ensure CCPA compliance.

Telnet Passwords Leaked for Half a Million IoT Devices, Servers, Routers

The breach is particularly significant given the rapid expansion of smart or IoT devices. Given that consumers already struggle to secure basic electronic devices including laptops and smartphones, the Telnet breach indicates how much larger the security risk for personal devices may become in coming years as smart speakers, TVs, and fridges join the legion of devices open to hackers.

Roundtable: How Google’s Third-Party Cookie Announcement Will Disrupt Search, Ad Tech

Google indicated it is making the change to boost user privacy on the Web, and the company believes digital advertising can survive on the back of evolving, more privacy-aware data sources. Chief among those sources, at least in the case of Chrome, will be Google’s privacy sandbox, which will offer advertisers and ad tech companies personalization opportunities based on browser data without granting them direct access to user-level information.

To size up the impact of Google’s announcement on ad tech and hyperlocal marketing, we turned to a slate of industry professionals for their takes on the move.