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Facebook as Public Company

May 23rd, 2012 · Comments Off on Facebook as Public Company

…Facebook’s IPO has lead to a tumultuous couple of days for the company, nice summarized in Atlantic Magazine

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Facebook and Privacy

January 25th, 2012 · Comments Off on Facebook and Privacy

Use Facebook?  Okay, who doesn’t –but while I bet you do know that Facebook keeps some information about what you do whilst your at Facebook.com, you probably didn’t know that every single click you make as been saved, cataloged, and sold to who-knows-who.  An Austrian law student named Max Schrems managed to get the complete file Facebook has on him, and it totaled 1,222 pages.  Perhaps Max spends a lot of time on Facebook but I’m flabbergasted that anyone can compile a 1,222 page dossier on anybody…a definite moment to pause.

And read!  Facebook certainly has become a subject for commentary on both the evolution of the Internet and what an information economy really means and does.  We have a number of titles that comment on Facebook, and all the implications of the Internet’s great equalizer-time-waster-snoop-amusement-park.com

Mr. Lanier was on campus this fall and gave a captivating lecture…much to think about…

Tags: Facebooked · Recommended Book

Map of Facebook Connectedness

December 16th, 2010 · Comments Off on Map of Facebook Connectedness

…since we do blog about Facebook here, this is a fun map created by William Easterly about Facebook Connectedness: ergo, which Nations are the biggest Facebook users.  Visually compelling and illustrative of just what a big deal Facebook is…

Tags: Facebooked · Information Studies

Do Not Track for Web

December 13th, 2010 · Comments Off on Do Not Track for Web

From Atlanticwire, a sampling of reactions to a Federal Trade Commission proposal that companies be regulated  in their ability to track one’s treks across the Internet.  For truly thoughtful commentary on what happens and should happen to the information one leaves in one’s tracks across cyberspace, see Viktor Mayer-Schonberger’s book Delete: Virtual Forgetting in the Digital Age…

Tags: Computer Security · Essay on Technology · Facebooked


October 28th, 2010 · Comments Off on Firesheep

Firesheep is a Firefox add-on.  Now, Firefox add-ons are generally good, utilitarian, useful things…this add on however allows anyone to hack someone else’s Facebook account and pretty much do whatever they want with it.  A man named Eric Butler created it saying he did so to illustrate the security vulnerabilities of social networking applications.  It strikes me that there is a “take pride in your work” issue when it comes to software that will do your hacking automatically for you, but leaving that for the moment here is other commentary on Firesheep’s implications:

Fear the sheep…

Tags: Computer Security · Facebooked · Yikes!

Facebook as Fiction

October 5th, 2010 · Comments Off on Facebook as Fiction

…Joanna Weiss of the Boston Globe writes an interesting piece on Facebook today, as she argues that when we are on Facebook “we’re buying into a collection illusion.”

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Facebook Censorship

August 25th, 2010 · Comments Off on Facebook Censorship

Writing on the Huffington Post Ryan Grim comments on Facebook’s decision to refuse advertisements by groups advocating the legalization of marijuana.  Like any for-profit publication medium, Facebook has every right to accept or reject whatever advertising it cares to accept or reject, but  how many Facebook users conceptualize of Facebook as a cafe or commons.  That Facebook is social media works against the notion that it may be playing by publishers rules, and thus raises questions about what, when, and why Facebook censors.  Let the buyer beware, Facebook is Newsweek

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Facebook Users Using Privately

May 18th, 2010 · Comments Off on Facebook Users Using Privately

…or at least showing some considerable awareness that Facebook activity has privacy implications.  Two interesting pieces in the New York Times by Sarah Maslin Nir and Laura Holson chronicle young Facebook enthusiasts making very deliberate decisions about what they put online.  It all rings as good news these kids thinking about their futures through privacy savvy.

However, in thinking about the sum total of networked information technology that the whole concept of privacy is going through a significant change, a change with cultural breadth, and a change that ends up with privacy-lite as the norm, particularly if you accept that privacy is the ability to control who has access to personal information.  To a certain extent the articles linked here demonstrate individuals doing just that…exerting control…but to do so they have to game the system. The system isn’t set up for them to control personal information.  Perhaps the ability to control personal information was never one held in both hands, but a memory can’t be hacked…that has to mean something…

…neither of course, can an abacus…

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Facebook in Congress

April 28th, 2010 · Comments Off on Facebook in Congress

…the world of news is lit up by stories that Democratic Senators are calling on the Federal Trade Commission to take steps to insure user privacy and new social networking features have by announced by Facebook (this version of the story if from the Telegraph).

The news matters particularly if you buy Farhad Manjoo’s argument that Facebook is becoming the Web’s “killer app.” He writes, “We, Facebook’s hordes, are actively filling in the slots in its database, giving the company an extremely accurate picture of ourselves and our friends. No other company will have anything like Facebook’s towering database of human intentions and desires–not even Google.” It’s a convincing case, and one that makes me regret posting that I had ham and eggs for breakfast to my Facebook wall…

Tags: Facebooked · Information Studies

Reading or Absorbing

April 21st, 2010 · Comments Off on Reading or Absorbing

Atlantic Magazine has an ongoing online series called What I Read, and the most recent contributor is Washington Post journalist David Corn. His essay is about information overload, about the sheer volume that some who is “information business” finds via Twitter and RSS.  I’m going to kind of ruin the essay (although you should read it, it’s short and very well written),  but the last line of the essay is so dead-on that it’s worth quoting: “I do miss reading. Nowadays, we absorb.”

It raises the question of how we use technology, or, better still, how we position technology. Mr. Corn could read books, he acknowledges, but doesn’t. People can coexist with networked information technology in an infinite number of ways, and ways very much divorced from the banter about “revolution” that the purveyors of said technology insist is happening.  John Freeman’s book the Tyranny of E-Mail provides an interesting model about how to position e-mail within the context of a life.  Also, when can settle accounts with the word revolution.  Technology doesn’t cause revolutions, nor does it enable them.  Revolutions are moments in either the history of a people or a person when an epiphany infused with either anger or joy that causes a dramatic change.  It causes curiosity to incite action. Social unrest brings revolutions, significant others bring revolutions, computers don’t.  In the history of commerce any number of products have caused a lot of people to alter their behavior one way or the other…but that doesn’t  a revolution make…think about that the next time the television tells you “There’s an app for that…”

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