Dear Facebook, Google: Please Engage in Value-Conscious Design

Much of my research strives to extend my broader social, political, and ethical explorations of information and communication technologies beyond the halls of academia and into “real-world” design contexts to pragmatically engage with designers and advocate for the value-conscious design…

Personal Data Flows and APIs

On the heels of the Twitter privacy flaw, where users’ “protected” data streams are automatically accessible to third parties via their API, Facebook has now been criticized for automatically enrolling all of its users (including me, apparently) in their new…

Recovering…in Vancouver

Blogging has been light again lately as I’ve been recovering from my extended European tour (which included a terrible cold mid-way through, unhelped by Europe’s restrictions on cold medication available over-the-counter). Here’s a quick summary: I presented at the Social…

The Google YouTube Tango

In one corner, we have the Googlization of virtually every aspect of our online (and increasingly offline) activities, tracking your every move. In the other corner, we have the increased corporatization of Web 2.0, also interested in watching everything you…

TrackMeNot Upgraded

The TrackMeNot lightweight browser extension that protects web searchers against surveillance and data-profiling has been upgraded with some important features: New in version 0.4.x Dynamic query sets ** Option to select search-engines Added statusbar context-menu New windows for log/query display…

Advertisers Data-Mining on MySpace

Chris Hoofnagle is attending the Ad:Tech San Francisco conferences on new advertising technologies, where he has found “several trends that have serious privacy implications.” Among these is the gathering data from social networking sites like Friendster and Myspace for marketing…

Digital camera plus GPS = Flickr mapping heaven?

I’ve stumbled across a few blog posts extolling the virtues of having a GPS-enabled digital camera. For example: My wife doesn’t want to have to carry around two bulky devices and greatly extend the already considerable time it takes her…