Tag Archives: Contextual Integrity

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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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Link Roundup on Facebook, SocialAds, and Privacy

Facebook recently announced Facebook Ads, an attempt to monetize the vast amount of user information that flows through the social networking site (something I warned about previously). Facebook Ads has three main components: Social Ads: Allows marketers to target ads based on user profile data, and also places brand-related events within a user’s news feed. […]

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4S: Privacy and Surveillance in Web 2.0

I am currently attending the annual meeting of the Society for Social Studies of Science in Montreal. Earlier today I had the pleasure of participating on a panel I co-organized with Anders Albrechtslund titled, “Ways Knowing Everything About Each Other: Critical Perspectives on Web 2.0 and Social Networking.” Here are the first few paragraphs of […]

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Bill McGeveran on Facebook, Context, and Privacy

William McGeveran, a professor at University of Minnesota Law School, points to this troubling story about a Florida State professor who made each student read aloud his/her Facebook profie, which noted how “the girls [sic] whose hobby was “being slutty” was particularly embarrassed…” A similar thing happened during a public event showcasing the final projects […]

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Facebook Allowing Profiles to be Crawled by Google

Remember last fall when Facebook got itself in all kinds of trouble for unilaterally creating and automatically activating “feeds” of its users’ changes to their profile pages? They scrambled to try to reign in this privacy-threatening feature, and promised to maintain an environment where users “have control over whom they shared [their] information with.” How […]

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Libraries vs. Bookstores vs. Google

Library Juice posts a wonderful essay by Tracy Nectoux, a library student at UIUC, who was assigned to visit a bookstore and compare the atmosphere to a library’s atmosphere. I think it’s helpful to take the comparison one step further and include Google Book Search, along with patron privacy in the mix. Here’s a summary […]

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