In today?s discussions about privacy, ?youth don?t care about privacy? is an irritating but popular myth. Embedded in this rhetoric is the belief that youth are reckless risk-takers who don?t care about the consequences of their actions. This couldn?t be further from the truth.
Facebook seems extraordinarily prone to annoying its users, people like you and me. Multiple interface changes, behavioural advertising, problems with data and third party apps; terms and conditions claiming extraordinary rights over your contributions, and changes to privacy settings that seemed extreme to many campaigners. (See this for their views on the latest round of changes)
The Pew Research Center Project for Excellence in Journalism has recently conducted a study in which it sought to discern particular differences between social media and traditional press. In order to do so, they gathered information from news stories that were the most linked to in blogs, Twitter and other forms of non-traditional media.
Surprisingly, the non-traditional types of media shared very few similar stories. With the exception of the protests following the Iranian election, the non-traditional media sources reported on a variety of different stories, thus allowing for the individual sites to develop their own personality and voice. Even further, most of the stories reported by non-traditional news sources concentrated on highly emotional subject matter that the news source could easily personalize. Overall, the non-traditional types of media, YouTube in particular, appeared to cater more toward entertaining their subscribers with “must see” material.
Teenage bacchanalias organized on Facebook are frightening the French establishment.
The revolution wasn’t digitized?because autocrats found ways to control the internet, rather than be controlled by it.
Twitter turns on its partners.
Not me. Why Mark Zuckerberg and his social network should stop invading our privacy.
At Gov2.0 this week, I gave a talk on the importance of information literacy when addressing transparency of government data:
She sat in a chair signing an autograph, as the camera’s flashes made the stones on her Ms. America crown sparkle. A man knelt about five feet in front of American royalty and drew a sketch of her on the iPad.
Caressa Cameron, Miss America 2010, was addressing the audience at the 140 Character conference in New York City last month. Cameron spoke about how she is using social media to support her duties as a social ambassador and Goodwill Ambassador for the Children’s Miracle Network, which raises funds for children’s hospitals nationwide.
Through all of the interviews with Mark Zuckerberg over the past few days, one thing has become pretty apparent: Zuckerberg is disheartened by users who believe the privacy changes were about making money. Instead, the changes were about ?making the world more open? and improving the overall user experience, however this new concern is something that nobody (or at least most) in the mainstream media really accused the company of.
For the last several years, thousands of blogs ? many of which are anti-war ? have displayed a small widget on their sidebars with a wildly fluctuating number that jumps up by several thousand nearly every second. The widget comes from Costofwar.com and purports to detail the money spent thus far on both the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. If you happen to be for one war and against the other, you can choose which cost to display, and if you?re against both it includes a widget logging the combined cost.