Ethics in tech “journalism”

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What are the ethical obligations of tech journalist to disclose when they’ve signed NDAs when talking about various subjects? Windows Central is the worst, but most are not much better.

·        “leaked”

·        “According to industry insiders…”

·        “My sources are saying…”

·        “I’m hearing rumors that…”

·        “This is just speculation, but…”

·        “We’ve ‘discovered’ the latest patent filings”

·        “I’ve heard whispers that…”

·        “Code has been found that suggests…”

·        “What I would love to see is…”

·        “We’re only guessing here, but…”

·        “What they should do is…”

This is B.S.

I know everybody needs to make a buck, but carrying water for a tech company and acting as a propagandist to guide the narrative is shameful. “Access Journalism” in the form of pre-release products and information (talking points) in exchange for signing an NDA.

Should a real tech journalist ever sign an NDA? Or, at least, disclose it?

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