18 January 2012

SOPA? So what?

You must have heard by now about SOPA (the US Stop Online Piracy Act) which has the digital world in a lather. Proponents of the bill say it will bring in much needed legislation to stop Internet piracy and that Google, among others, should play a key role in that enforcement. Opposers say that this bill amounts to nothing less …

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27 May 2010

Facebook bows (a little bit) to critics, makes privacy settings easier to use

As expected (the BBC revealed first thing Tuesday morning the announcement was coming), yesterday afternoon Mark Zuckerberg rolled out Facebook’s one-stop shop for privacy settings in response to growing user concerns. Zuckerberg stated during the press conference convened especially for the announcement, “We’ve focused on three things: a single control for your content, more powerful controls for your basic information …

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6 May 2010

How are social networks making money?

Is Social Media making money off you? Social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, Flicker and so on are useful tools. We use them for many reasons, such as keeping in touch and sharing information. But they are also ultimately businesses, and they need to make money.  As a social media user, you are availing yourself of a service. One …

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6 April 2010

Curiosity doesn’t always kill the cat

I am quite a nut about protecting my privacy on the ‘internets’ but boy do I love ‘playing’ Foursquare and Gowalla (yes, I am active on both). I finally read something this weekend that helped me make sense of the incompatibility of the two things. Media journalist Jemima Kiss writes, “It’s safe to assume that most of the few hundred …

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14 December 2009

Facebook privacy tweaks allow targeted status updates

One of the less-publicised new features that rolled-out to all Facebook users this week, along with the much-talked-about new privacy settings is the ability to target your status updates to certain groups of people. Simply clicking on the little padlock icon that now shows up beneath the status update box brings up a plethora of options for how that (or …

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2 December 2009

Privacy prevails on Facebook

In an open letter issued last night on the official Facebook blog, founder Mark Zuckerberg spelled the end to networks on the world’s most popular social network for the sake of privacy. Zuckerberg also announced that users will have more control over who sees each individual piece of content created and uploaded on to the site. As the networks are …

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18 November 2009

Stay safe while using social networks

If you listen to BBC Radio 1 at all, you will probably be aware that they’re running a campaign this week called “Bullyproof“, to tie in with national Anti-bullying week here in the UK. As well as some great advice for kids, one of the features on the site is actually very relevant to a much wider audiences – so …

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