Yes, Privacy Does Still Exist in a Facebook World

Again, the media suggests the “kids these days just don’t care about privacy” and that, thanks to online social networking, privacy as a value has disappeared. This time, it’s Randall Stross at the NY Times, in a column “When Everyone’s a Friend, Is Anything Private?“: Facebook has a chief privacy officer, but I doubt that the position will exist 10 years from now. That’s not because Facebook...

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Putting Privacy Settings in the Context of Use (danah boyd)

danah boyd illuminates an interesting privacy loophole in how Facebook allows users to view others’ photos. As she describes it: A few days ago, Gilad’s eyes opened wide and he called me over to look at his computer. He was on Facebook and he had just discovered a privacy loophole. He had maximized his newsfeed to get as many photo-related bits as possible. As a result, he was regularly informed when his Friends commented...

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Values in Design: Defining a Privacy-Aware Model for Web Access to Archives

I’m spending the next few days at the 72nd Annual Meeting of the Society of American Archivists in San Francisco, and I’m looking forward to learning more about many of the ethical and policy issues confronted by archivists in an age of growing digitization and Web-based archival services. This afternoon I had the pleasure of presenting on a panel titled “Values in Design: Defining a Privacy-Aware Model for Web...

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More on Moli, and Designing for Privacy
Feb15

More on Moli, and Designing for Privacy

Earlier this week, Technology Review ran a piece discussing the social networking site, Moli, which allows users to manage multiple identities through a common login, controlling who gets to see what aspect of their lives. I was quoted in the story (and blogged about it), expressing concern that Moli, while pitching themselves as privacy-friendly, might actually pose a greater threat to user privacy than sites like Facebook: Given...

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Facebook Mulling Privacy Changes, But Will It Be Sufficient?

BusinessWeek reports that Facebook has circled the wagons and might be considered changes to their controversial new Facebook Ads platform: In the wake of mounting criticism, Facebook executives are discussing changes to a controversial advertising tool that publicizes users’ Web activities outside of the popular social network. Alterations to the recently introduced Beacon system could be announced as early as Nov. 29,...

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