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Anthropology of New Media

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Anthropology of New Media

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Article "Facebook to show you ads based on your Web browsing". Hmmm, I thought they're already doing it.

Hands on with Microsoft's Surface from CNNMoneyTech. Will Microsoft's tablet deliver as well as Apple's iPad?

" Improved metrics, which might come at some unknown cost to privacy, might support a lot of independent media." "We should remember advertising supports “free” media, and a wide range of media at that, not all of it corporate and not all of it bad... Users don’t give up their personal information for nothing. What they get in return is free content, because in truth the metrics for web advertising right now are not developed enough to support any large business, let alone the little guys."

Data mining and yielding privacy has positive effects as well as negative ones. Consider you can file your taxes and then apply for student financial aid by referencing your tax filing. Consider retail, where Amazon.com can help you find what you need proactively, before you ever look, by suggesting based on buying patterns. Imagine how collaboration can help you save time and effort across a variety of services!

Datamining collects data from across the Web and lets computer software make connections quickly from seemingly unreleated content. "But these databases are not infallible. They can be misinterpreted or only partially accurate, showing arrests or criminal records that were later wiped clean -- just enough to cost someone a job."

We are reducing our own privacy on the Web, a bit at a time. "Computer scientists and policy experts say that such seemingly innocuous bits of self-revelation can increasingly be collected and reassembled by computers to help create a picture of a person’s identity, sometimes down to the Social Security number."

PrivacyChoice is developing a system to score Web sites on a scale of 0 to 100 based on how a site collects and uses personal data.

The school distributed laptops to students and then used the webcams to spy on them at school and at home!

  • Mary Marchio Christopher
    Mary Marchio Christopher

    That is frightening! Sadly, I wouldn't be surprised if similar situations have occurred. It's common for some companies to give their employees laptops and it may be more common than we realize. I'm surprised we haven't heard of it more.

"Some people are the web equivalent of nudists." Great line and very true!

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    Mary Marchio Christopher

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    Mary Marchio Christopher

    The picture wouldn't pin, but the article is there if you click inside the white box.

Respecting home/away privacy is key in helping people feel safe.

Twitter issues that can compromise privacy.

  • Danielle Elizabeth
    Danielle Elizabeth

    TMI – It feels like tweets are often filled with too much information. I think it offers a false sense of security sending out detailed information to what seems like no one. You don’t see them so how can you feel threatened by them? The article addresses some good things to be cautious about. When I was young we couldn’t even put our initials on your book bags. Now a days kids are putting their full address on line. Scary!

They had us first by giving our credit card over the Internet. Security issues turned into major privacy issues.

If you are concerned about cyber security, take a stand against CISPA

easily understood ways to protect your privacy online

  • Mary Marchio Christopher
    Mary Marchio Christopher

    Well at least credit card fraud is on the decline! The rest of the information is quite alarming.

CISPA: The newest threat to online privacy

  • Katie Reilly
    Katie Reilly

    Completely true. There was a quote in a TIme article on CISPA from Ben Franklin -“They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety.” Reminds me of what you said. This is too intrusive.

Demographic Data Mining in Bars, to ID you, they would scan your Driver's License and get all your info for data mining. No thanks.

Gary Younge tells it as it is. "The personal, the private, the privileged and the confidential no longer really exist." This in turn will make us finally behave well under the assumption that anything we do or say, "it's on the record" (which it is).

The tracking is a 24/7 365. Facebook Privacy: Site Confirms It Tracks You After You Leave. Wow, there's no such a thing as 'Logout' anymore.

"Facebook Glitch Brings New Privacy Worries." Although this happened last year, is a good reminder that can happen again :)

Article from USA Today: "Web photos reveal your location." Another privacy issue that many are not aware of.

  • Katie Reilly
    Katie Reilly

    creep.py! that really is creepy!

This is a good start to educate yourself about your privacy rights. Very, very informative.