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The Privacy Paradox in a control society

Nowadays a lot of people are in some form represented on the internet. These virtual forms can include profiles on social network sites like Facebook and Twitter, but also as writings on a personal websites and blogs. They has...

Book-review- Open 19: Beyond Privacy. New Perspectives on the Public and Private Domain

Book-review- Open 19: Beyond Privacy. New Perspectives on the Public and Private Domain Jorinde Seijdel (Editor), Liesbeth Melis (Editor) ISBN: 978-90-5662-736-,144 pages, This book is an edition of Open, published by SKOR a foundation of art and public...

Book Review – Access Controlled : the shaping of power, rights and rule in cyberspace

Access Controlled reports on the new normative terrain of internet filtering, censorship of Web content, and online surveillance. The preface and foreword are clear about what the reader can expect per chapter and also...

I Fly with my Little Spy! New Stealth Techno-Toys.

The recent debate about the proposed use of military-style surveillance drones in the United Kingdom, and further afield, has fuelled fears and given rise to concern over the continual erosion of the individual’s right to privacy and safety. ...

Burning Questions

Is Google the always-on, silent recorder of global zeitgeist? There’s Google Trends, which lists most searched-for sites and topics in the last week, month or year around the globe. This has been a useful tool for digital publishers to...

The Battle for the Internet

Things seem to be looking up in the battle for the Internet. For years now ACTA negations have been mired in secrecy and controversy. The leaked documents from the negotiations painted a bleak picture of corporations using their lobbying...

Persistence of Life-Streams – An Inquiry Into the Implications of Mixed Surveillance

Here’s the final version of my thesis which covers the nature and implications of (participatory) surveillance in the field of social media, and specifically in life-streaming services like Twitter and Facebook. (PDF can be downloaded here). Introduction: In this...
Google, Buzz off! A reflection..

Google, Buzz off! A reflection..

While many technology and media journalists are now focusing their attention on Facebook’s recent privacy moves, I’d like to shed some light on an earlier privacy issue: the implementation of Google Buzz. Some of you might be are aware...

Post-Privacy: Talk by Christian Heller

The first session at the Geneva Lift Conference covered “The Redefinition of Privacy” and what privacy and personal security means in the 21st Century. Independent Futurist Christian Heller spoke on the topic of Post-Privacy. Below is a summary on his views on...

Social Media, Privacy and Publicity with danah boyd

Last week I had the opportunity to attend at a symposium held at the Tilburg Institute for Law, Technology and Society (TILT) entitled as ‘Privacy and Social Network Sites’. The keynote speaker of the day would be danah boyd,...

The Beast File: Google

This video, created for ‘Hungry Beast‘, a news program that airs in Australia on the ABC1, depicts Google as a dangerous, pretentious, ubiquitous and ever growing advertising giant: ‘building an empire on your street, in your phone, in your...

Paranoid of the Proprietary: To Skype or Not to Skype

Today at the eComm conference, Sten Tamkivi presented an informative range of statistics of Skype use. Some 8% of all telecom “minutes” are routed by Skype as of last year. This is a huge portion of the total for...

The notion of ‘disorientation’ and the proxy server

 Few days ago, I was editing my assignment-entry on Wikipedia (logged in) when I received a warning (generated by bot or editor) that the IP I am currently using might belong to a proxy server. Although the administrator of...

Implications of Twitter: Crime 2.0

Sept. 30, 2008. White man about 20 years of age, wearing a blue shirt, yellow vest, safety goggle and a respirator mask. An ordinary road-worker going to work you might think. No you’re wrong, this is the story of...

Ning’s Privacy Issues

My background is not only media studies/theories but I’m also enrolled in the Bachelor program of Law at the University of Amsterdam. This post is about my critique on the interaction between privacy and user on Ning.com. For class...
Facebook THE example of data portability

Facebook THE example of data portability

Every now and then privacy issues of Facebook are addressed when a new feature, like News Feeds, show the accessibility of information. This discussion deserves to be in the limelight even when the media are not creating a hype...

Facebook vs Ning – what is “social”?

A social network is, according to Wikipedia, a social structure made of individuals or organizations, which are connected by one or more specific types of interdependency (friendship, kinship, financial exchange, sexual relationships, and relationships of beliefs, knowledge or prestige)....

How much do I know about you?

This is the sequel of an experiment I started last week. I was curious how can you use Facebook quizzes for research and marketing purposes. My self made Facebook Quiz has not become very successful. After about a week...

Social Networking Sites: Safety First

The rise of social networking sites makes people put a lot of personal information on the internet. The idea behind this is simple. How more complete and updated your profile is, the more easier you are to find on...

Facebook, Connecting and Controlling People

Facebook connects people. Not a very new phenomenon, but the amount of people using the social network increases every day and so does the amount of information people show and share with (too many?) others.

Social Networking Sites (SNS); are we helping in the shrinking of our own privacy?

Social Networking Sites (SNS) are commonly known to just about everyone nowadays or so it seems, who doesn’t at least own a FaceBook, MySpace, LinkedIn, Hyves, Ning account or combinations of these and many, many others! But do you...
Social Networking Sites and the Surveillance Society. (Study Review)

Social Networking Sites and the Surveillance Society. (Study Review)

Christian Fuchs was born in Austria in 1976 and is currently an associate professor at the University of Salzburg. He is mainly interested in Media and in Information society research and he's the author of many scholar papers and of...

Twitter used to be my Boyfriend

There is so much going on, on Twitter that it is hard to cover it all after using it for a year. Really, nobody knows the future of Twitter. Even the people who created it have no idea where...
Facebook Connect Vs. OpenID: <br />The Format War for Your Identity

Facebook Connect Vs. OpenID:
The Format War for Your Identity

Facebook Connect vs. OpenIDIt seems now that it may be Facebook Connect, and not OpenID, that will lead the data portability movement. Do we trust our online...