In The Facebook Fallacy: Privacy Is Up to You NYT journalist, Eduardo Porter, challenges the claim Facebook’s co-founder and chief executive, Mark Zuckerberg, makes that the social network's use of providing its users with greater and more transparent controls over the personal data they share could protect its users’ privacy.
However, given the latest revelations of the mass amount of information shared without the consent of people who have had their privacy breeched, Zuckerberg's claim has been proven as bogus.
What, then, is one to do about protecting their privacy online? As Porter says, "Even if we were to know precisely what information companies like Facebook have about us and how it will be used, which we don’t, it would be hard for us to assess potential harms".
According to Professor Acquisti, flipping the burden of proof of privacy regulation from consumers’ proving that data collection is harmful to requiring big online platforms like Facebook to prove they can’t work without it, may be a good place to start.
My question is - who has the power to make this a mandatory practice?
Privacy and posting and pictures
We are learning that our phones and online apps pick up lots of information about us: what we like and what we do—even where we are located and going. In this post, I’m prepared to take a risk and post this photograph I recently took (my phone cam knows when!)
I took it while on a walk. I wonder if the computer can pick up my coordinates and know my exact location in this photo. There’s a small figure in the pic—you can see it if you look carefully. Can the computer tell who that is?
Questions like this would never have occurred to me last year. I thought we had more freedom to guard our privacy by following some sensible self-censorship. I think we are all learning to fear that once we are hooked into technology, performing with it, everything is open to being known and perhaps exposed.
Having “nothing to hide” has taken on new meaning—rather than meaning we have a clean slate, it seems to say that we literally are left with nothing hidden or private.
Watching Emma Watson and Tom Hanks in the Netflix movie The Circle
where Watson's character, Mae, shares every single second of her work and personal life on line by wearing a "SeeChange
" camera 24/7 in a commitment to be transparent and giving up her right to privacy. As she rises through the ranks, she is encouraged by the company's
founder, Eamon Bailey (Tom Hanks), to engage in a groundbreaking
experiment that pushes the boundaries of privacy, ethics and ultimately
her personal freedom. Her participation in the experiment, and every
decision she makes begin to affect the lives and future of her friends,
family and that of humanity.
Is this the way y/our world is going? Will interpersonal interactions and relationships die when there is no space for personal privacy and interpersonal private relationships?
While Mae has entered into this 'voluntary' situation as an adult - how may this influence/violate children's privacy? Where does one's individual autonomy fit into a world where privacy is no longer respected or desired?
Careless people are dangerous and immature. Check Gatsby.
The villains in this American tragedy are reckless with other people's emotions. The same is being said of Caitlyn Jenner of the publication of her The Secrets of My Life
. One reviewer calls her "emotionally careless with the women in her life" in "How Caitlyn Jenner
Betrays Her Family in Her New Memoir The Secrets of My Life".
There may be some lessons to be learned for mommy bloggers who want to talk about their families, especially when their children are moving into adulthood.
How does the nature of a family blog change by the very definition of aging and maturing children within the family?
Let's speculate a bit about possible areas related to family for bloggers to explore as their children mature. We could talk about job market and educational opportunities for young adult children, questions associated with their development from home out into the world as they take on more responsibility and independence.
Yet the question is, should the challenges our children face really be the main focus or burning interest of parent bloggers who, in their own lives, face personal challenges associated with this family transition time, as well as questions of aging and personal development and growth.
This is the question of balance. Is this a time to give kids more space and to leave them alone as topic areas in social media? In real life, a mother's relationship with her kids shifts as they grow up. Like it or not, she learns she is not privy to the all the details of a grown child's daily activities, and that it's not up to her to fix all problems and bring happiness. If she were to turn to her blog to write about the child, such ruminations take her in the opposite direction of practicing a mindful letting go and respecting her child's independence.
If the child is successfully making the transition from teen to adulthood, a mother's writing about it can not be really interesting to others who are bound to hear self-satisfaction. Was it was Dostoevsky who pointed out that the most interesting families are unhappy ones? He wrote fiction. In blogs, it's probably a worse gaff to write about how children struggle and suffer. Should they bump into these pages, they're bound to feel betrayed.
Should this time be one where adult children and their parents agree to share their family story, this may be the only time when a blogs are positioned to share family history.