Do You Trust This Face? GQ on Mark Zuckerberg

Following up on my earlier exploration of Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg's goal of "getting people to want to put up their full name, a real picture, mobile phone number" and other personal information on his website, GQ magazine has published…

Facebook’s Zuckerberg on Increasing the Streams of Personal Information Online

Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg was interviewed at the Web 2.0 Summit, and he revealed few key insights into his attitude towards the fact Facebook has spurred an increase in personal information flows online. In short -- and in line with…

KCUR Podcast: Social Networking Sites – How they Work, Privacy and Safety

I recently had the pleasure and priviledge of joining Nancy Baym of the University of Kansas School of Communication Studies as a guest on Kansas City public radio's daily current events show, "Up To Date". The show's topic was social…

Putting Privacy Settings in the Context of Use (danah boyd)

danah boyd illuminates an interesting privacy loophole in how Facebook allows users to view others' photos. As she describes it: A few days ago, Gilad's eyes opened wide and he called me over to look at his computer. He was…

De-brief: AoIR IR9.0 Conference in Copenhagen

Over the past few days I have been attending the 9th annual conference of the Association of Internet Researchers (AoIR) in Copenhagen. This year's conference is "Internet Research 9.0 - Rethinking Community, Rethinking Place", and it has been expertly organized…

How to Adjust your Facebook Privacy Settings

[NOTE: This post has been updated here.] For Milwaukee's OneWebDay celebration, we provided students instructions to help them adjust their privacy settings on Facebook. It seems that while Facebook does provide many controls for users to manage the flow of…

More On the “Anonymity” of the Facebook Dataset – It’s Harvard College (Updated)

(See my update at the bottom of the post, as well as Fred Stutzman's thoughtful analysis) As mentioned the other day, a group of researchers from the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University released a dataset of…

On the “Anonymity” of the Facebook Dataset (Updated)

(Updated below with responses to comments by Jason Kaufman, one of the lead researchers on this project) (Another update: I'm pretty sure the "anonymous, Northeastern university" from where this dataset was derived is Harvard College. Details here) A group of…

Facebook *Really* Wants You to Use Beacon (Updated)

Remember Beacon? That a pervasive tool Facebook created for tracking, collecting, and publishing user purchasing habits across the Web? After enough uproar, Facebook was kind enough to offer users a way to opt-out of this surveillance assemblage. Well, I was…

Real Questions for Facebook’s Chief Privacy Officer

David Faser points to an article in the Times Online that throws a bunch of softball questions at Chris Kelly, Facebook's chief privacy officer. Facebook has been at the center of multiple violations of user privacy, and all the Times…