Thoughts on Privacy and the Use of Facebook to Recruit Research Subjects

Recently, I was approached by a team of researchers concerned with the research ethics issues related to using Facebook to recruit human subjects. Specifically, the team was planning to use Facebook advertisements in order to target certain users for a…

How to Adjust your Facebook Privacy Settings – 2012 Edition

The 2012 edition of Choose Privacy Week, the annual initiative of the American Library Association that invites the public into a national conversation about privacy rights in a digital age, is wrapping up (and don't miss our special screening of…

Privacy Week 2012 Film screening: Big Brother, Big Business: The Data-Mining and Surveillance Industries

Join the UW-Milwaukee Center for Information Policy Research and the UWM Libraries for a special screening of the short documentary film "Big Brother, Big Business: The Data-Mining and Surveillance Industries" in celebration of Choose Privacy Week, an annual initiative of…

Concurring Opinions hosting Online Symposium on Configuring the Networked Self

I'm honored and thrilled to be a part of an online symposium featuring Julie Cohen's important new book, Configuring the Networked Self: Law, Code, and the Play of Everyday Practice, hosted at Concurring Opinions the week of March 5. Thanks…

Information Society Series Book: The Reputation Society

I’m very pleased to announce that the third book in the MIT Press “Information Society Series” I am co-editing with Laura DeNardis has been released: The Reputation Society: How Online Opinions Are Reshaping the Offline World Edited by Hassan Masum…

Concerns with Wisconsin’s Planned Database of Recall Petition Signers

(Update at end of post) I’m troubled by Wisconsin’s plan to create a database of all signers of the recall petitions. I know the political parties have access to the petitions in order to challenge signatures, but I’m unsure (and…

Librarians: Please contribute to a new survey about librarians and privacy

With generous support from the Open Society Foundation, I've been working with the American Library Association Office for Intellectual Freedom to help assess privacy attitudes and practices of librarians and related information professionals, and we just launched our first survey for librarians.

ALA Choose Privacy Week Webinar: Youth Privacy Attitudes

In preparation for Choose Privacy Week,  the American Library Association Office for Intellectual Freedom and American Libraries magazine hosted a webinar today, featuring the following panel of contributors: Angela Maycock, assistant director, ALA Office for Intellectual Freedom Deborah Caldwell-Stone, deputy…

Facebook Data of 1.2 Million Users from 2005 Released: Limited Exposure, but Very Problematic

Recently, a Facebook dataset was released consisting of the complete set of users from the Facebook networks at 100 American institutions, and all of the in-network “friendship” links between those users as they existed at a single moment of time in September 2005. Surprisingly, it initially included each users unique Facebook ID, meaning the presumed "anonymous" dataset could be easily re-identified, potentially putting the personal information of 1.2 million Facebook users at risk.