- Homepage: http://www.facebook.com/
September 2006: "Facebook is a social utility that helps people better understand the world around them. Facebook develops technologies that facilitate the spread of information through social networks, allowing people to share information online the same way they do in the real world. Anyone with a valid email address from a supported organization, company, college or high school can register for Facebook. They can then create profiles to connect with friends, share interests, join groups, send messages, write notes and post photos.
Facebook launched in February 2004, and the website now has over 9 million registered users across more than 40,000 regional, work, college and high school networks. According to comScore, Facebook is the seventh-most trafficked site on the web and is the number one photo-sharing site.
Facebook is a private company located in Palo Alto, California."http://www.facebook.com/about.php
February 2013: 'Facebook is just such a technology. It does things on our behalf when we're not even there. It actively misrepresents us to our friends, and worse misrepresents those who have befriended us to still others. To enable this dysfunctional situation -- I call it "digiphrenia" -- would be at the very least hypocritical. But to participate on Facebook as an author, in a way specifically intended to draw out the "likes" and resulting vulnerability of others, is untenable.'http://www.cnn.com/2013/02/25/opinion/rushkoff-why-im-quitting-facebook/index.html
November 2012: "Facebook argues it has outgrown the voting and commenting system that currently exists on the site. (One BuzzFeed writer notes that China might argue the same thing with regard to democracy.)"http://www.cnn.com/2012/11/26/tech/social-media/facebook-vote/index.html
May 2012: "The point is, laws are nuanced. But in the United States, it’s just plain difficult to Facebook if you’re on the sex offender registry. For years, state attorneys general have been pushing the issue, which has led to the purging of sex offenders from networks likes Facebook and MySpace. Just recently, New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman announced Operation: Game Over. That punnily-named initiative targeted another form of online social networking – game networks. In all, he announced that some high-profile companies likes Microsoft, Apple, E.A., and Disney had expunged over 3,500 registered sex offenders from platforms like Xbox LIVE and the PlayStation Network."http://www.webpronews.com/should-sex-offenders-be-allowed-on-facebook-2012-05
May 2012: "So if profits aren't guaranteed, why the uproar over Facebook's IPO? Because an analyst at Morgan Stanley, the investment bank which set the offering price, released a report lowering the financial forecast for the company just before the offering. Angry stockholders allege the report was released only to a select circle of institutional investors, who then headed for the door. Consequently, most investors were left to shoulder the loss."http://www.cnn.com/2012/05/24/opinion/wessels-facebook-ipo/index.html
March 2012: 'Keen awareness of human behavior has taught them to harness fundamental desires and needs, short-circuiting feedback mechanisms with instant rewards. Think of the "gamification" which now proliferates online - nearly every platform has some sort of reward or reputation point system encouraging you to tell them more about yourself. Facebook, of course, leverages our innate desires -- autobiographical identity construction and the need for interpersonal social connection -- as a means of encouraging the self-disclosure from which they profit.'http://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2012/03/its-not-all-about-you-what-privacy-advocates-dont-get-about-data-tracking-on-the-web/254533/
February 2012: "Last year, Facebook found itself in hot water over a system that made it easier for users to tag their friends in bulk. Facebook said it would examine newly uploaded photos and compare them to other photos in which you or your friends are tagged in order to make tagging suggestions via facial recognition. The feature was later turned on without warning, however, prompting concern from security experts and regulators alike."http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2400357,00.asp
January 2012: "What's new is that the policy states clearly that the aforementioned data can be shared among the other Google services that you use while logged into your Google account. It's similar to, say, how Facebook shares varying amounts of data about you among its services -- as well as with the third-party apps on the site."http://ifwnewsletters.newsletters.infoworld.com/t/7964635/121634393/608757/0/
September 2011: "This is an extreme example, but there are plenty of other exchanges you might have with a friend on their wall or in their photo album that you don't want everyone to see, such as off-color jokes or political comments. In short, any comment you make is potentially open to a new level of scrutiny by all of your peers and followers: casual acquaintances, family members, a boss, a co-worker, a business partner, your pastor. They won't need to pore over your personal Facebook page to find these nuggets. Rather, all those nuggets are presented to your Facebook friends in one convenient location."http://www.infoworld.com/t/social-networking/facebook-makes-it-easier-ever-eavesdrop-173657
August 2011: "LONDON — British officials and representatives of Twitter, Facebook and BlackBerry met Thursday to discuss voluntary ways to limit or restrict the use of social media to combat crime and periods of civil unrest, while trying to dodge charges of hypocrisy and censorship that trailed Prime Minister David Cameron’s call to restrict use of the networks after this month’s riots."http://www.nytimes.com/2011/08/26/world/europe/26social.html
August 2011: "Questions about what social networks mean for personal privacy and security have been brought to a head by research at Carnegie Mellon University that shows that Facebook has essentially become a worldwide photo identification database. Paired with related research, we’re looking at the prospect where good, bad and ugly actors will be able identify a face in a crowd and know sensitive personal information about that person."http://www.forbes.com/sites/chunkamui/2011/08/08/facebooks-privacy-issues-are-even-deeper-than-we-knew
July 2011: 'As the dust begins to settle on Google’s latest and least-tentative step towards an overarching social infrastructure, it’s becoming overwhelmingly apparent that Google+ is a Good Thing. At its most basic, Google+ is an alternative in a space that is fast becoming a one-party state. With 750 million users, exponential activity growth, the most-proliferated “Like” button, and one of the most popular federated login system in the world (Facebook Connect), it’s fair to say that Facebook’s grip on the web is monopolistic — and Google+ offers us a viable and safe alternative.'http://www.extremetech.com/computing/89628-too-many-eggs-in-the-google-basket
June 2011: "The use of such metrics has come with a meteoric rise in valuations for companies like Groupon, LinkedIn and Facebook that has invited skepticism from analysts and people in the industry. They are questioning whether some business models — be they a social network aimed at professionals or a maker of online farm games — can endure."http://dealbook.nytimes.com/2011/06/17/abracadabra-for-internet-start-ups-magic-trumps-math/
May 2011: 'As revealed by The Daily Beast's Dan Lyons  (the artist formerly known as Fake Steve Jobs), Facebook engaged a high-powered PR firm, Burson-Marsteller ("BM" for short -- insert juvenile joke here), to spread gross distortions about Google and its Social Circles service.'http://www.infoworld.com/t/cringely/facebooks-failed-google-smear-stupidity-squared-979
April 2011: 'Numerous reports have been coming out that Facebook is taking down Facebook pages that are accused of infringing upon copyrights. The keyword there is “accused”. Apparently, Facebook does little (or nothing) to verify the legitimacy of the claims before taking action.'http://www.webpronews.com/facebook-pages-taken-down-2011-04
December 2010: "Facebook’s decision in the WikiLeaks matter illustrates the complexities that the company grapples with, on issues as diverse as that controversy, verbal bullying among teenagers, gay-baiting and religious intolerance."http://www.nytimes.com/2010/12/13/technology/13facebook.html
October 2010: "Last week, I wrote about the necessity of Facebook to at least condone (if not abet) privacy leaks  via applications on its site. Because hundreds of millions of dollars in revenue are on the table, expecting Facebook to really crack down seems naïve. It's in business to make money, and sharing data with advertisers and app developers helps bring in the green."http://www.infoworld.com/d/the-industry-standard/will-the-lawyers-shut-down-the-web-over-privacy-307
May 2010: "The back and forth between Facebook and its users over privacy is gaining importance as the company’s growth continues unabated. It now has nearly 500 million users around the world, and its policies, more than those of any other company, are helping to define standards for privacy in the Internet age."http://www.nytimes.com/2010/05/27/technology/27facebook.html
May 2010: "Three years ago, Facebook experimented with a similar concept called Beacon. When members visited Web sites such as Blockbuster, Zappos and Overstock.com, it published alerts that sometimes ran alongside ads or a person's photo. The move sparked outrage among users, prompting a petition drive by MoveOn.org and a class-action lawsuit. Facebook eventually axed the program and settled the suit for $9.5 million, which it promised to use to create a foundation to study privacy issues."http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/05/21/AR2010052104951.html
May 2010: "A report in the Wall Street Journal indicates that a number of social networking sites (including Facebook, MySpace, and Digg) may be sharing users' personal information with advertisers. Since the Journal started looking into this possible breach of privacy, both Facebook and MySpace have moved to make changes."http://www.infoworld.com/d/security-central/social-networks-may-be-sharing-your-info-advertisers-651
May 2010: 'The move followed a similar shutdown Wednesday of the social-networking site Facebook, which had drawn the ire of Islamist activists over a page inviting people to post drawings of the prophet Muhammad. At least 450 sites, including Wikipedia, were also cut off by midday Thursday, and the government said more blockages could come as its newly created "crisis cell" scoured the Web for inflammatory content.'http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/05/20/AR2010052005073.html
May 2010: "When a piece of software is automatically installed on your computer without your knowledge, it's called malware. But what do you call it when Facebook apps are added to your profile without your knowledge? We discovered Wednesday that this is actually happening, and stopping it isn't as easy as checking a box in your privacy settings."http://www.macworld.com/article/151087/2010/05/facebook_addingapps.html
May 2010: "On Wednesday, users discovered a glitch that gave them access to supposedly private information in the accounts of their Facebook friends, like chat conversations."http://www.nytimes.com/2010/05/06/technology/internet/06facebook.html
April 2010: "In a phone interview Wednesday, Facebook spokesman Barry Schnitt and product director Bret Taylor said the Palo Alto, Calif., company wanted to expand its utility. In this experiment, Facebook would build on its Facebook Connect system (in which people can sign into sites such as The Post's with their Facebook accounts) to help other companies greet Facebook users with a taste of its social network."http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/04/02/AR2010040200762.html
August 2009: 'The Northern California chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union has put out a campaign designed to raise awareness of the privacy implications of Facebook's developer platform. It's focusing specifically on the popular "quiz" applications, like "Which Cocktail Best Suits Your Personality?" and "Which Wes Anderson Movie Character Are You?" These are largely one-time-use apps that many a Facebook user clicks on and tries out with little concern.'http://news.cnet.com/8301-13577_3-10318842-36.html
August 2009: "Never mind the perils of cyber-stalking, cyber-bullying and posting photos that could endanger your future job prospects: Facebook could be ruining your relationship and driving you toward compulsively jealous behavior."http://www.latimes.com/features/health/la-he-capsule10-2009aug10,0,2375480.story
May 2009: 'Like anything on the Internet, Facebook has never been completely scam-free, but its privacy settings may create a false sense of security: most users can't interact with one another unless they are "friends" or belong to the same general network. The site at first glance would also seem less of a gold mine for swindlers since unlike financial websites, which offer access to victims' bank accounts, there is no direct financial gain from hacking into a Facebook account. But the bad guys know that many of us are lazy or forgetful and use the same password on multiple sites. In early 2008, Facebook noticed a marked increase in the number of scams. "We're the most effective distribution platform on the Internet," says Ryan McGeehan, the company's incidence-response manager. "The level of person-to-person connection doesn't exist anywhere else. And as we get bigger, we become a bigger target."'http://www.time.com/time/business/article/0,8599,1895740,00.html
May 2009: "Some social networks have already confronted these privacy questions in how they allow advertisers and other entities to participate. Facebook, for example, has created a special sort of page designed to be used by companies, artists and now government officials. Facebook users become fans, not friends, with pages, and none of their private information is communicated to the owner of the pages. MySpace doesn’t make this distinction, nor does YouTube, which is increasingly adding social networking features to its site. On those sites, if you become friends with a company or an agency, its employees can see the information you share with your other friends."http://bits.blogs.nytimes.com/2009/05/04/should-the-white-house-be-a-place-for-friends/
June 2009: "Meanwhile, the government has taken advantage of the void to crush the opposition through arrests, beatings and round-the-clock surveillance. Dissent, even online, is not tolerated. Egyptian security officials routinely monitor cellphones and social networking sites such as Facebook and hack into the e-mails of anyone they deem suspicious, activists said."http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/06/25/AR2009062504415.html
March 2009: "Student loan repayment can be difficult for young people starting off their careers and has become even more challenging now with the economic downturn, as recent graduates lose their jobs or struggle to land one. Groups like Applebaum's on Facebook, and other organizations such as StudentLoanJustice.org, are part of a new movement advocating for an overhaul of the country's troubled student loan system. Frustrated with often unaffordable monthly payments, loans that are nearly impossible to discharge, and restrictive loan repayment plans, student borrowers are pushing the government and private loan companies to devise new solutions."http://www.businessweek.com/bschools/content/mar2009/bs20090323_558993.htm
June 2009: "In 2007, Facebook asked volunteers to offer translations of the standard explanatory language throughout the site into more than 20 languages, with translators voting among themselves for preferred verbiage. Some faulted the company, saying it was shortchanging translators."http://www.nytimes.com/2009/06/29/technology/start-ups/29linkedin.html
June 2009: 'Havana-based blogger Yoani Sánchez, 33, who e-mails friends outside Cuba to get her entries posted online, said the Iranian protests -- in particular, the reportedly widespread use of Twitter, Facebook and cellphones -- have served as "a lesson for Cuban bloggers."'http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/06/26/AR2009062604343.html
June 2009: "Most recently, users cried foul when Facebook changed the language of its terms of service to imply that the site had irrevocable rights to all the content, including photos and personal information, even if users delete their profiles from the site. Facebook retracted the change and vowed to give users more input in terms of service agreements."http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/06/18/AR2009061804043.html
May 2009: "Facebook is under pressure to take a stand on groups that want to use its pages to air views that are at best controversial and at worst hateful."http://www.businessweek.com/technology/content/may2009/tc20090512_104433.htm
May 2009: '“Which Movie Studios Will Cause the Most Youth to Start Smoking This Summer?” is the name of the effort. Components include a Facebook scorecard, moviesmokingscorecard.com, tallying the number of tobacco images depicted in movies rated G, PG and PG-13 from May to August. The studio found to be the biggest offender will be named on billboards in September.'http://www.nytimes.com/2009/05/28/movies/28smoke.html
December 2008: 'Last week, CollegeProwler, a publishing company that distributes unofficial college guidebooks, sparked controversy after a Butler University employee, Brad Ward, discovered that company staffers were masquerading as high school seniors on Facebook and forming “Class of 2013″ groups for various colleges.'http://bits.blogs.nytimes.com/2008/12/24/separating-real-from-fake-on-the-internet/
June 2008: "Facebook has finally closed the book on its long-running, multi-front legal battle with the rival college social network ConnectU — but not before a new question was raised about Facebook’s supposed $15 billion valuation."http://bits.blogs.nytimes.com/2008/06/26/judge-ends-facebooks-feud-with-connectu/index.html
March 2008: "Facebook and MySpace have become one of the go-to background tools for journalists in the past couple of years, allowing members of the press to put a face to the subject of their story and find out more about them."http://www.cnn.com/2008/US/03/13/ashley.myspace/index.html
March 2008: 'When Facebook was launched by Mark Zuckerberg in 2004, it was designed as a way for college students to connect with each other. Users created a personal page and were able to accept or send out electronic "friend" requests for people to be included in their networks. People who were "friends" were able to keep tabs on people in their network, send messages and even connect with friends of friends. It was like an exclusive private club, since it was open only to those with certain e-mail addresses.'http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/03/08/AR2008030801034.html
March 2008: 'Individuals have also taken legal action against unwanted messages they perceive as spam. In October, Lindsey Abrams of Illinois filed a complaint against Facebook for sending "unauthorized text messages" to her wireless phone number, which had previously been assigned to another Facebook member. "These messages can come during all times of the day or night and, because the senders are often hard to identify, can be seen as intimidating or unsettling," Abrams said in the complaint.'http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/03/09/AR2008030902213.html
February 2008: "While the Web site offers users the option to deactivate their accounts, Facebook servers keep copies of the information in those accounts indefinitely. Indeed, many users who have contacted Facebook to request that their accounts be deleted have not succeeded in erasing their records from the network."http://www.nytimes.com/2008/02/11/technology/11facebook.html
January 2008: 'What happened at Lewis & Clark is a reminder of the power of social-networking sites like Facebook, which now boasts more than 60 million active members, according to Forrester Research. It's the sixth most trafficked site in the United States, with more than 65 billion page views per month. More than half of its active users visit the site every day. "Facebook has enormous power as a potential weapon," said Montana Miller, an ethnographer at Bowling Green State University who is conducting a study about how students at the Ohio college use Facebook. "For a long time, people have been called sluts, losers, cheaters and rapists anonymously on bathroom walls. For today's cyberconnected campuses, Facebook is the bathroom wall on steroids. You can erase it and replace the wall, but once it's posted online, it stays up forever."'http://www.newsweek.com/id/103217
January 2008: "On the Internet site Facebook, a mecca for high school and college students, the largest group devoted to Obama has more than 400,000 members."http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/01/20/AR2008012002366.html
December 2007: "The growing, but largely hidden, issue of online consumer-tracking and information-sharing burst into the open in recent days because of the controversy generated by Facebook's Beacon ad-serving technology. In that case, the use of tracking technology was acknowledged by the company, though it has been blasted for not allowing users to easily opt out and for failing to disclose how extensively it was being used."http://www.computerworld.com/action/article.do?command=viewArticleBasic&articleId=9051219
November 2007: "A CA security researcher is sounding the alarm that Facebook's controversial Beacon online ad system goes much further than anyone has imagined in tracking people's Web activities outside the popular social networking site."http://www.infoworld.com/article/07/11/30/CA-says-facebooks-Beacon-more-intrusive-than-previously-thought_1.html?source=NLC-TB&cgd=2007-12-03
October 2007: In recent months, sites like MySpace and Facebook have been the targets of investigations by several state attorneys general seeking to purge sexual predators from the sites. MySpace has responded by deleting the accounts of 29,000 users whose personal details match them with records of sex offenders, and Facebook agreed this week to comply with a two-year investigation that will track incidents of pornography and sexual advances on the site.http://www.forbes.com/technology/2007/10/19/online-predators-children-technology-personaltech_cx_ag_1022safekid.html
July 2007: SAN FRANCISCO, July 29 — Facebook, the online social network, has stolen some of MySpace’s momentum with users and the news media. Now, it is being subjected to the same accusations that it does not do enough to keep sexual predators off its site.http://www.nytimes.com/2007/07/30/business/media/30facebook.html
April 2007: Law enforcement officials and safety groups have focused on the Internet as an arena for such types of harassment as false impersonation and character assassination as more people voluntarily place their private lives on public display through Web sites such as Facebook.com and MySpace.com.http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/04/13/AR2007041302392.html
September 2006: But this week the site's immense popularity backfired after it started a feature that culls fresh information users post about themselves -- Tim is now single -- and delivers it in headline-news format to their network of buddies. Facebook, of Palo Alto, Calif., unveiled the feature at midnight Monday, saying it would make new information easier to find. Within hours, online protest groups were formed and thousands of people had joined.http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2006/09/06/AR2006090601805.html
Role Name Type Last Updated Opponent (past or present) ConnectU Organization Aug 13, 2007 Opponent (past or present) Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) Organization May 27, 2010 Owner of (partial or full, past or present) Organization Jul 6, 2012 Cooperation (past or present) Pandora Media Organization May 27, 2010 Director/Trustee/Overseer (past or present) Marc Andreessen Person Jul 6, 2012 Director/Trustee/Overseer (past or present) Wilmot Reed Hastings Person Jul 6, 2012 Organization Executive (past or present) Chris Kelly Esq. Person Jun 19, 2009 Organization Executive (past or present) Sheryl Sandberg Person Jun 24, 2012 Founded/Co-Founded by Eduardo Saverin Person May 19, 2012 Employee/Freelancer/Contractor (past or present) Timothy Sparapani Esq. Person Jun 19, 2009 Financial Recipient from (past or present) Peter Thiel Esq. Person Aug 13, 2007 Founded/Co-Founded by Organization Head/Leader (past or present) Mark Zuckerberg Person Sep 9, 2006
Articles and Resources
Date Fairness.com Resource Read it at: Mar 16, 2013 The Internet is a surveillance state
QUOTE: ...we're being tracked all the time. Google tracks us, both on its pages and on other pages it has access to. Facebook does the same; it even tracks non-Facebook users. Apple tracks us on our iPhones and iPads....Increasingly, what we do on the Internet is being combined with other data about us. Unmasking Broadwell's identity involved correlating her Internet activity with her hotel stays.
CNN (Cable News Network) Feb 25, 2013 Why I'm quitting Facebook
QUOTE: In my upcoming book "Present Shock," I chronicle some of what happens when we can no longer manage our many online presences. I have always argued for engaging with technology as conscious human beings and dispensing with technologies that take that agency away. Facebook is just such a technology. It does things on our behalf when we're not even there. It actively misrepresents us to our friends, and worse misrepresents those who have befriended us to still others.
CNN (Cable News Network) Nov 26, 2012 Facebook will ask you to vote against your right to vote
QUOTE: Facebook will hold a vote, possibly later this week, in which it will ask users to abolish their right to vote on changes to the social network's privacy policies....Facebook argues it has outgrown the voting and commenting system that currently exists on the site. (One BuzzFeed writer notes that China might argue the same thing with regard to democracy.)
CNN (Cable News Network) May 31, 2012 Should Sex Offenders Be Allowed On Facebook? The discussion goes beyond that initial repulsive reaction
QUOTE: Many states have laws on the books that put an outright ban on registered sex offenders using social networks. Sometimes these laws extend to things like instant messaging services and the like....there’s a wave of challenges to state laws banning sex offenders’ use of social media, and the American Civil Liberties Union is stepping in to spearhead many of them.
WebProNews May 24, 2012 Beware small investors: Facebook was just a warning
QUOTE: a bipartisan bill, innocuously named the JOBS Act, rolled back these and other investor protections for companies with less than $1 billion in revenue, deemed emerging growth companies. Once again, research analysts can communicate directly with management and if desired share favorable (or unfavorable) reports....Prior to Sarbanes-Oxley, researchers at Cornell and Dartmouth universities found that analysts affiliated with the underwriting bank issued buy ratings to prop up dropping stocks...
CNN (Cable News Network) Mar 15, 2012 It's Not All About You: What Privacy Advocates Don't Get About Data Tracking on the Web
QUOTE: The privacy discourse frames the issue in an ego-centric manner, as a bargain between consumers and companies: the company will know x, y and z about me and in exchange I get free email, good recommendations, and a plethora of convenient services. But the bargain that we are making is a collective one, and the costs will be felt at a societal scale. When we think in terms of power, it is clear we are getting a raw deal: we grant private entities -- with no interest in the public good and no public accountability -- greater powers of persuasion than anyone has ever had before and in exchange we get free email.
Atlantic Online, The (Atlantic Monthly) Mar 10, 2012 Minnesota girl alleges school privacy invasion
QUOTE: A Minnesota middle school student, with the backing of the American Civil Liberties Union, is suing her school district...was on two occasions punished for statements she made on her Facebook account, and was also pressured to divulge her password to school officials, the complaint states.
CNN (Cable News Network) Feb 16, 2012 Shocker: Facebook Users Hate Surprise Photo Tagging
QUOTE: nearly all Facebook users think it's rude when someone posts a photo or video of them without asking their permission first. In the survey of more than 800 Facebook users, 83 percent of respondents said it's just "common courtesy" to ask permission before posting someone else's photo or video online.
InfoWorld Jan 23, 2012 Europe Weighs Tough Law on Online Privacy
QUOTE: Europe is considering a sweeping new law that would force Internet companies like Amazon.com and Facebook to obtain explicit consent from consumers about the use of their personal data, delete that data forever at the consumer’s request and face fines for failing to comply.
New York Times Nov 23, 2011 Police Tracking Your Every Move With License Plate Readers: Is a law enforcement aid worth sacrificing personal liberties?
QUOTE: These plate readers in D.C. take 1,800 images per minute, every one of which is stored in a database. Basically, these plate readers have made it possible for police to track everyone's movements as they move across the city. These plate readers and the subsequent database of image captures has tipped the privacy concerns of some -- notably the American Civil Liberties Union.
WebProNews Nov 11, 2011 CNN Sets Off a Debate on Race and Technology
QUOTE: In the documentary, the blogger and venture capitalist Michael Arrington is shown saying “I don’t know a single black entrepreneur.”....Already, the program has people talking about a disparity that is often not broached in technology circles — the staggering lack of diversity in Silicon Valley
New York Times Sep 21, 2011 Facebook makes it easier than ever to eavesdrop: The new mini stream feature makes it simple to see what people are saying, even when they might not realize you're listening
QUOTE: any comment you make is potentially open to a new level of scrutiny by all of your peers and followers: casual acquaintances, family members, a boss, a co-worker, a business partner, your pastor....Making matters worse, Facebook doesn't provide much in the way of evident guidance or functionality to keep these privacy barriers intact. You can't easily flip a switch, for example, to prevent a Facebook friend from subscribing to your comments or links.
InfoWorld Aug 25, 2011 In Britain, a Meeting on Limiting Social Media
QUOTE: British officials and representatives of Twitter, Facebook and BlackBerry met Thursday to discuss voluntary ways to limit or restrict the use of social media to combat crime and periods of civil unrest, while trying to dodge charges of hypocrisy and censorship that trailed Prime Minister David Cameron’s call to restrict use of the networks after this month’s riots.
New York Times Aug 08, 2011 Facebook’s Privacy Issues Are Even Deeper Than We Knew
QUOTE: privacy issues go beyond what the social networking giants themselves do. Now the question includes what they’ve enabled others to do. The research also neuters the conventional retort, “you can opt out,” because the results are based on public information.
Forbes Jul 11, 2011 Google+: Too many eggs in the Google basket
QUOTE: this isn’t necessarily wrong of Google — it’s just following the law, after all — but it perfectly illustrates a far larger and more pressing issue: Alex lost his Gmail account, his contacts list, and every email he’s ever sent or received, because he updated his Google Profile. These are two services that are only tenuously linked by the Google Taskbar, yet inexorably linked by the Google umbrella.
ExtremeTech Jul 01, 2011 The Unselfish Gene
QUOTE: Why is this deep-rooted belief about human selfishness beginning to change? To some extent, the answer is specific to evolutionary biology. But similar ideas challenging the notion that people are born selfish have surfaced in several other fields, such as psychology, sociology, political science, and experimental economics. Together, these ideas are tracing a new intellectual arc in the disciplines concerned with human action and motivation.
Harvard Business Review (HBR) Jun 17, 2011 Abracadabra! Magic Trumps Math at Web Start-Ups
QUOTE: The use of such metrics has come with a meteoric rise in valuations for companies like Groupon, LinkedIn and Facebook that has invited skepticism from analysts and people in the industry. They are questioning whether some business models — be they a social network aimed at professionals or a maker of online farm games — can endure.
New York Times May 13, 2011 Divorce Lawyers’ New Friend: Social Networks
QUOTE: “No-fault does not mean that fault is irrelevant,” said Kenneth P. Altshuler, a lawyer in Portland, Me., and the president-elect of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers. “It is when you are lying about money, when you show bad behavior in front of children, when there is untreated substance abuse. Facebook has made it very easy to show lack of credibility and that is what can win a case."
New York Times May 12, 2011 Facebook's failed Google smear: Stupidity squared
QUOTE: In the universe of things that are not very bright, there are three basic categories: stupid, really stupid, and how-do-you-even-manage-to-get-your-pants-on-every-morning stupid. Now there's a fourth category: Facebook stupid. The world's largest social network earned this sobriquet via its shocking-yet-laughable attempts to launch a smear campaign against Google.
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