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EPIC – Facebook Revises Privacy Policy

“Facebook has again revised its privacy policy. Despite the new graphics, Facebook continues to collect and disclose enormous amounts of user data without meaningful consent. The use of location data has expanded dramatically. “We collect information from or about the computers, phones, or other devices where you install or access our Services,” states Facebook. These include “device locations, including specific geographic locations, such as through GPS, Bluetooth, or Wi-Fi signals.” Facebook is currently under a 20 year consent decree with the Federal Trade Commission as a consequence of a complaint brought by EPIC and coalition of consumer privacy organizations.”

Profiling the Islamic State

Brookings Doha Center Analysis Paper, December 1, 2014 – Charles Lister – “Intense turmoil in Syria and Iraq has created socio-political vacuums in which jihadi groups have been able to thrive. The Islamic State in Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS) had proven to be the strongest and most dynamic of these groups, seizing large swathes of territory in Syria andContinue Reading

Facebook collected data on what Americans were grateful for during holiday season

“Over the past few months, many people have been challenging one another to share on Facebook the things for which they are most grateful. So, for example, one friend might challenge another to “write 3 things you are thankful for over the next 5 days.” In the spirit of Thanksgiving, we thought we would seeContinue Reading

State Department Tweets After Cyberattack

“To reach the State Dept Press Office today please call the Press Office main number at 202.647.2492. Or e-mail [email protected]” Via The Atlantic: “The State Department confirmed on Monday that hackers breached its unclassified email system. The White House, the Postal Service, and NOAA have also been compromised in recent weeks.”

What Americans Think About Privacy

Pew Data Visualization and report – “The majority of Americans feel their privacy is being challenged in some fundamental ways, our new report finds. Select one of the nine profiles below to see the variety of perspectives our focus group respondents shared about privacy. Their answers are real, but they have been assigned a pseudonym.”

Use of social media by the library current practices and future opportunities

A white paper from Taylor & Francis, Ocotber 2014: “Just a decade ago, social media was seen by many as having little relevance for use in a professional context by librarians. In recent years there has been a seachange in attitudes. Social media is now widely used by librarians to fulfil a variety of objectives.Continue Reading

News Use Across Social Media Platforms

Pew Research Journalism Project –  How do different social networking websites stack up when it comes to news? How many people engage with news across multiple social sites? And what are their news consumption habits on traditional platforms? As part of an ongoing examination of social media and news, the Pew Research Center in collaborationContinue Reading

Hashtag Standards For Emergencies

United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs – Hashtag Standards For Emergencies – OCHA POLICY AND  STUDIES SERIES – THINK BRIEF, October 2014 | 012 “In recent years, social media tools such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube and blogs have demonstrated significant value during emergencies as the “information currency of disasters”. These digital tools give affected communities a flexibleContinue Reading

The Ethics of Data, Visualized

TRACEY WALLACE – Truth in Data: “Big data sparked public interest in the U.S. beginning with the NSA scandal. Suddenly, it was mass knowledge that not only could the government, or any entity, collect your social media, email or cell data, but they could use it against you. This concept certainly isn’t brand new, and it certainlyContinue Reading

Cell Phones, Social Media and Campaign 2014

“Cell phones and social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter are playing an increasingly prominent role in how voters get political information and follow election news, according to a new national survey by the Pew Research Center. The proportion of Americans who use their cell phones to track political news or campaign coverage has doubled comparedContinue Reading

How Secure is TextSecure? – Paper

How Secure is TextSecure? Tilman Frosch and Christian Mainka and Christoph Bader and Florian Bergsma and Joerg Schwenk and Thorsten Holz, October 31, 2014. “Instant Messaging has attracted a lot of attention by users for both private and business communication and has especially gained popularity as low-cost short message replacement on mobile devices. However, most popularContinue Reading

Another Facebook Experiment on Users is Revealed to Focus on Voting

Micah L. Sifry – Mother Jones: “On Election Day, political campaigns, candidates, consultants, and pollsters pay close attention to who votes and why—and so does Facebook. For the past six years, on every national Election Day, the social-networking behemoth has pushed out a tool—a high-profile button that proclaims “I’m Voting” or “I’m a Voter”—designed toContinue Reading