The Illusion of “Private” Web Content

Millions of Web 2.0 users share their personal information, photos, bookmarks, and lives online. And, of course, various concerns arise about the fact that so much (what was once considered) private information is being publicly shared with anyone with an…

Facebook & Privacy (Video)

Here’s the latest in a string of slick flash videos about social & ethical concerns with Web 2.0: Does what happens in the Facebook stay in the Facebook? (Some additional background material is here) Most of this has been covered…

Web 2.0…Beyond E-text (Video)

Another slick video, courtesy of Michael Wesch and the Digital Ethnography group at Kansas State, revealing how Web 2.0 infrastructures represent a shift from “structure” to “content” in the flow of information, which forces us to rethink copyright, identity, ethics,…

Semantic Web now Web 3.0

The NYTimes reports on what they seem present as a new effort to “add a layer of meaning on top of the existing Web that would make it less of a catalog and more of a guide — and even…

SEM on Search & Consumer Privacy

Gord Hotchkiss, the president of a search engine marketing firm, writes what at first appears to be a thoughtful and reflective essay on how the rise of behavioral targeting within the search engine advertising market (his bread and butter): The…

7 Laws for Privacy-Embedded Internet Identity

Ann Cavoukian, the Information and Privacy Commissioner of Ontario, has released a whitepaper augmenting Kim Cameron’s seven laws of identity with privacy protections: 7 Laws of Identity: The Case for Privacy-Embedded Laws of Identity in the Digital Age (PDF). I’m…

I want my Google Data Privacy

Gene at Fred’s House sounds like one of the multitude who are beginning to embrace the “Google lifestyle”: I look around my desktop and I see Google Reader, Google Mail, Google Talk, Google Toolbar, Google Maps, Google Calendar, Google News,…

Obfuscation as a Solution to Web 2.0 Data-Mining Threat

Alice Marwick provides useful thoughts on the privacy and data-mining issues surrounding the sharing of personal data on Web 2.0 apps. She shares three common “solutions” to the “problem” of teenagers’ divulgence of personal information: 1. Young people should stop…

Susan Crawford on “Seeing Privacy”

Susan Crawford has an excellent post that expresses much more intelligently what I’ve been thinking about lately regarding some of the privacy implications of social networks and other online information services, noting how “social networks are rich minefields for privacy…