Category Archive: Social networking

Britain’s Singaporean social media restrictions: a kinky case study in idiocy

By Simon Davies The UK Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) earlier this week published guidelines for the prosecution of questionable or unlawful material on social networking sites. The publication has – worryingly – gone almost unnoticed, despite there being significant repercussions from the new guidelines. At one level the guidelines should be applauded. They establish a …

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In the blink of an eye, Google Glass has just shifted to the dark side

By Simon Davies Last week a California start-up – Lambda Labs – announced that it is about to release a face recognition app for Google Glass. With this simple innovation the wearable technology has been transformed from a cool gizmo into a privacy quagmire. Facial recognition is a digital “biometric” technique that scans a face …

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Privacy-aware teens spell trouble for Facebook

By Simon Davies A research report released yesterday indicates possible troubled times ahead for Facebook among its younger users. Teens are becoming increasingly fatigued by the site and are finding their social network excitement elsewhere. Importantly, they are becoming more wise to the misuse of their information. The report, published by the Pew Research Center …

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Diary of a Google Glass enthusiast

Monday. Awesome! My Google Glass arrived today. Or is it Google Glasses? Who cares. Now I’m certain to be cool. Marie from Accounts will HAVE to notice me. Running late for work though. It’s been downloading apps for two hours and I had to reboot the system twice but, hey, gives me time to read …

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The most tasteless app on Facebook might also be one of the most dangerous

By Simon Davies An app is starting to spread on Facebook that has all the outward signs of being a privacy advocate’s worst nightmare. It also happens to be just about the most tasteless idea ever to emerge in social networking, and is thus almost certain to be a huge success. It currently claims around …

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The hidden story behind Facebook’s privacy changes – and why your data has suddenly become a lot more valuable

By Simon Davies Desperate for a positive news story about Facebook, the world’s media is in hyperdrive over changes to the site’s new privacy settings. I mean, gosh, they are now so easy to use. “Facebook caves in to privacy pressures” declared the stately Financial Times. “Facebook’s privacy evolution crawls another step out of the …

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Facebook wants to scrap its absurd user voting system – and about time too.

By Simon Davies Earlier today Facebook sent an email to its 900 million users under the bland header “Updates to Data Use Policy and Statement of Rights and Responsibilities”. There are some worrying elements in this announcement, not the least of which is the trashing of barriers to data flows within the organisation. More on …

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Apparently Facebook temptation is more alluring than sex

By Simon Davies US media is starting to report on findings by the University of Chicago that the temptation to check Twitter and Facebook is more alluring than sex. Prepare yourself for a spate of trashy TV news items on this topic. Beware: this claim is what academics call a CSM, or Crap Survey Metaphor. …

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