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Why I Care if Others Care About What They Ate for Breakfast

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I find that the only people saying privacy is dead seem to be those named in its will. Social media researcher danah boyd highlighted some of these conflicts of interest when she admonished, “No matter how many times a privileged straight white male technology executive pronounces the death of privacy,...
Why I Care if Others Care About What They Ate for Breakfast

Chatroulette: Everyone Talks About It, Few Actually Visit

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Chatroulette has been talked about a lot over the past 30 days but for all the media mentions - ComScore reports that the site is still seeing less than 1 million unique US visitors per month. Site visitors are disproportionately young, male and also interested in gay and lesbian websites,...
Chatroulette: Everyone Talks About It, Few Actually Visit

Danah Boyd: How Technology Makes A Mess Of Privacy and Publicity

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Today at SXSWi, keynote speaker Danah Boyd took the stage to talk about privacy and publicity, and how they intertwine online. Boyd is a Social Media Researcher at Microsoft Research New England, and has studied this space extensively for years. It was a compelling talk that challenged the notion that...
Danah Boyd: How Technology Makes A Mess Of Privacy and Publicity
First, they gave us targeted ads. Now, data scientists think they can change the world

The Signal - Instrumenting Our Social Lives

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From my FM column: Tuesday Signal: Get Ready for a Real Conversation About Privacy, Publicy, and Social Media I've long said that I'm a fan of social networks and media, of course, but I've also pointed out that most of it is artless and ingenuous in comparison with the sophistication...
The Signal - Instrumenting Our Social Lives

Chelsea Clinton: We Must Protect The Children On The Internet

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Adam Singer points us to a silly and vapid op-ed piece from CNN written by Chelsea Clinton (daughter of Bill) and James Steyer (founder, boss of Common Sense Media, an operation that has done some good, but lately is getting the reputation of being anti-internet) entitled is the Internet hurting...
Chelsea Clinton: We Must Protect The Children On The Internet

At SXSW, Danah Boyd Says Social Media Makes the World More Fearful

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Our networked society has a talent for fear-mongering, said Microsoft researcher Danah Boyd in a speech at SXSW Interactive in Austin on Saturday. Information overload makes us numb, but things that freak us out have a rare ability to break through and capture our attention, Boyd said. As she put...
At SXSW, Danah Boyd Says Social Media Makes the World More Fearful

Google May Start Pre-Testing New Buzz Features With Users

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This afternoon at SXSW, a panel of Gmail and Google Buzz team members took part in a panel where they discussed what goes on behind the scenes at Gmail. The panel covered a smattering of topics, ranging from everything from Gmail stickers to its site speed, but eventually the discussion...
Google May Start Pre-Testing New Buzz Features With Users

Buzzfeed: Is App.net The Beginning Of 'White Flight' From Facebook And Twitter?

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“I’m now wondering if App.net doesn’t mark the beginning of “white flight” from Twitter and Facebook, just as danah boyd has argued that Facebook was the “white flight” from Myspace before that.“...
Buzzfeed: Is App.net The Beginning Of 'White Flight' From Facebook And Twitter?

How To SuperBetter Your Life With Epic Wins The Way Jane McGonigal Does

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From Nike+ to The Email Game, McGonigal is at the forefront of a movement intent on making it fun to reach everyday goals. Grab yourself a power-up and listen in.[twistage 51b9ee546af1a] Jane McGonigal has been creating games ever since she discovered the level editor in Lode Runner for the Commodore 64...
How To SuperBetter Your Life With Epic Wins The Way Jane McGonigal Does

Danah Boyd: How Technology Makes A Mess Of Privacy & Publicity http://tcrn.ch/9BQh8b by @jasonkincaid #lis48801 #lis48820 (via @TechCrunch)

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Danah Boyd: How Technology Makes A Mess Of Privacy & Publicity http://tcrn.ch/9BQh8b by @jasonkincaid #lis48801 #lis48820 (via @TechCrunch)

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Hate ChatRoulette? Then You Hate The Internet

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Every once in a while, a service or feature comes along that crystallizes everything people love and hate about the Internet. ChatRoulette is definitely one of those services. Plenty has been written already about the new social tool, which is a little like the Internet video version of speed dating....
Hate ChatRoulette? Then You Hate The Internet

Privacy Reboot Needed

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I’m sitting in a talk listening to Dennis Crowley, co-founder of Foursquare (that’s a photo of Dennis during the talk above). I’m sure you’ve heard of Foursquare, but with it we check in. In the building there are 101 other people checked in. Keep in mind this is NOT...
Privacy Reboot Needed

SXSW: Shirky’s New Opportunities in Public Sharing

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Today social technology theorist Clay Shirky delivered a fitting counterpoint to Danah Boyd’s keynote on privacy at SXSW the day before. Where Boyd spoke of the danger of making information more public than users intended it, Shirky talked about new opportunities for sharing information online and elsewhere. Here’s the Twitter-esque...
SXSW: Shirky’s New Opportunities in Public Sharing

FTC's Attempt To Broadly Expand Misguided Child Protection Law Will Chill Innovation

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We've written a few times about the Childrens Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) and how it was put in place without any data and without much concern for unintended consequences. As danah boyd has shown in her research, COPPA hasn't necessarily done much to protect children. Instead, it's made parents...
FTC's Attempt To Broadly Expand Misguided Child Protection Law Will Chill Innovation

Do The Differences Between Software Piracy And Media Piracy Matter?

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Danah Boyd (or danah boyd as she prefers to be called) is widely recognized as an authority on privacy, identity and social networks. A couple of weeks ago, in the context of the fight against SOPA, she wrote a blog post where she made an interesting distinction between different kinds...
Do The Differences Between Software Piracy And Media Piracy Matter?

Whether the digital era improves society is up to its users – that's us | Danah Boyd

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Social media in particular has inexorably changed the world, driving openness and fear – but it is not beyond our controlMost technology designers engage in their trade to make the world a better place. Technologists love to celebrate the amazing things that people can do with technology – bridge geography,...
Whether the digital era improves society is up to its users – that's us | Danah Boyd
Theorizing The Web: Data Serfs vs. Data Lords and Free Speech vs. Banning Reddit

Google Takes Small Steps for Buzz, Points to Big Solutions for Social Networking

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Buzz, Google's controversial attempt to unseat Facebook as the most mainstream of social activity stream readers, just made some much-needed changes that Facebook could learn from as well. Buzz users now have more granular control over what social interactions with content trigger an email sent to their email inboxes and...
Google Takes Small Steps for Buzz, Points to Big Solutions for Social Networking

Two reading assignments

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I submit to your interest two speeches that challenge acceptance of status quos by which our collective frogs are slowly boiling. First is Freedom in the Cloud, by Eben Moglen, given at the Internet Society in New York on 5 February. Second  is Making Sense of Privacy and Publicity, by...
Two reading assignments
Microsoft's New NYC Lab To Boost Data-Driven Social Science

Why Email Sabbaticals Are An Essential Part Of danah boyd's Work Flow

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[twistage 84d3fb5e5b41c]As a Senior Researcher for Microsoft, danah boyd, (yes, all lowercase, she had her name legally changed), studies how we work, live, and play on the Internet. While the well-known researcher truly loves social media and the online universe, she also understands that sometimes we all need to turn...
Why Email Sabbaticals Are An Essential Part Of danah boyd's Work Flow

This might be the best thing anyone can do with data

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Sometimes, when I find myself reading about new ways to serve better ads or recommendations, or to analyze who likes what on Twitter, and I find myself asking who the hell cares. That’s because, sometimes, it all seems beyond trivial. When I imagine myself in the shoes of a modern-day...
This might be the best thing anyone can do with data

Reddit's Alexis Ohanian's Work Flow: Fancy Hands And Making Things Suck Less

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Believe it or not, the founder of Reddit also has to avoid spending all day killing time on Reddit. Here's his advice for staying productive. Reddit is arguably the most successful social news site on the Internet. So how does cofounder and New York tech entrepreneur Alexis Ohanian avoid "Redditing"...
Reddit's Alexis Ohanian's Work Flow: Fancy Hands And Making Things Suck Less

The Empire acquires the rebel alliance: Mendeley users revolt against Elsevier takeover

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In a much-rumored deal announced on Tuesday, academic publisher Elsevier (please see disclosure below) is acquiring Mendeley — a widely-used open platform for collaboration and networking related to scientific research — for about $70 million. While the founders of the network maintain that they are committed to the “open access”...
The Empire acquires the rebel alliance: Mendeley users revolt against Elsevier takeover

Kids Find a Way to Facebook

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Facebook is working on technology that would let kids under the age of 13 sign up for the social network, according to people familiar with the matter. Surveys, meanwhile, show that a bunch of them are already there. Facebook currently won’t let users under the age of 13 set up...
Kids Find a Way to Facebook
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Best Tech Events This Week (Social Retail Summit, Twitter NYC Talk, Enterprise Tech Meetup, Tech Drinkup, Bronx Tech Meetup, Music Hackathon, Hardware Startup)

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This is a guest post from Gary Sharma (aka “The Guy with the Red Tie”), founder and CEO of GarysGuide and proud owner of a whole bunch of black suits, white shirts and, at last count, over 40 red ties. You can reach him at gary [at] garysguide.com. First off,...
Best Tech Events This Week (Social Retail Summit, Twitter NYC Talk, Enterprise Tech Meetup, Tech Drinkup, Bronx Tech Meetup, Music Hackathon, Hardware Startup)

Google admits Buzz mistakes, tries again at SXSW

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A product manager from Google told attendees at the South by Southwest Interactive conference in Austin, Texas that Google had misstepped by launching its social network, Google Buzz, too broadly and too promiscuously. In the future, said Google’s Todd Jackson, the company will pre-test new features rather than roll them...
Google admits Buzz mistakes, tries again at SXSW
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