Facebook Allowing Profiles to be Crawled by Google

Remember last fall when Facebook got itself in all kinds of trouble for unilaterally creating and automatically activating "feeds" of its users' changes to their profile pages? They scrambled to try to reign in this privacy-threatening feature, and promised to…

Cellphone Cameras That Zoom…What would Warren & Brandeis Think?

MIT's Technology Review has a brief article about advances in zoom technology for cellphone cameras. This adds a new dimension to the privacy and surveillance threats cellphone cameras pose. We experienced a major advancement in camera zoom technology around the…

Cyber-shaming, Limited Privacy, and Contextual Integrity

I've been meaning to blog about the discussion at Concurring Opinions regarding the rise of "cyber-shaming" - the act of posting online elements of seemingly private conversations or events that you happened to overhear or witness. Examples include the posting…

YouTube and Shifting Norms of Public/Private

The theory of “privacy as contextual integrity" provides the tools for considering how the introduction of new technologies/practices within a particular context might disrupt norms of information flow, potentially threatening values of privacy, autonomy, or liberty. It is especially useful…

More on Facebook and the Contextual Integrity of Personal Information Flows

There has been an interesting discussion on the Association of Internet Researchers mailing list (and across the blogosphere) regarding the addition of feeds at Facebook and the nature of the reaction by its users. Many have criticized the reaction by…

Facebook Changes Cause Rift in Flow of Personal Information

Slashdot reports that Facebook, the college student networking site, launched changes to their web site this morning, provoking a massive and immediate response, and not the one the company had hoped for. Hundreds of protest 'Groups' formed, the largest of…

Surveillance, Privacy and the Ethics of Vehicle Safety Communication Technologies

For those readers interested in the intersections between privacy in public, locational privacy, contextual integrity, and vehicle technologies, my article "Surveillance, Privacy and the Ethics of Vehicle Safety Communication Technologies" has been published in the journal Ethics and Information Technology…