So much happened this week around the subject of Facebook and the privacy threat.
My Pearltree is growing by the day and I might have to rethink its structure. An incredible number of Tweets have linked to this iinfographic time line of default setting of privacy erosion of Facebook
We had some interesting exchanges on this subject on Twitter and Facebook that I report here: Marc Zuckerberg as well as Sergey Brin and Larry Page, also grad students, started with good intentions, in my opinion. Another more pessimistic view expressed by @columnu was that ‘money and power don’t corrupt, just reveal what was always there, like a truth drug‘. How much money has corrupted or as Tweeted by my Twitter friend and privacy expert, Rebecca Herold ‘a lot of new people pushing advice some may not want to take, but then are compelled to or talked into doing‘, difficult to know.
What we need is to try to find a better alternative.
Facebook has come with an interesting idea: ‘Facebook Calls All Hands Meeting On Privacy‘ – Today, Thursday May the 13th at 4pm Pacific.
I encourage everyone to keep an eye on the new developments. It has been very positive to see how many people are starting to show concern about the issue of privacy of personal data published by Facebook.
A recent survey “ that 95% of FB users oppose FB privacy changes – how accurate is this survey?”
The survey results have been contested by Facebook which has ‘published a response, attempting to justify its position, and underlining that it would only offer the data to “carefully selected partners”, and that such partners would be “required to provide an easy and prominent method” for users to opt out directly from their websites and delete your personal data.’
Two recent articles should also be mentioned at this point. First by ReadWriteWeb ‘The Best of What’s Left of Privacy on Facebook‘ . The second by the New York Times online ‘Facebook Privacy: A Bewildering Tangle of Options‘
Each article is a good demonstration of how navigating privacy setting on Facebook can be complex. A total lack of transparency for users.
My suggestion to avoid the slide is, as previously mentioned, to have a ‘cooperative’ social network where users pay a membership fee and act as responsible members of the community. We could envisage an elected representative group taking the decisions, if not all members. This is the best I can see, with the inconvenience, I admit, of abandoning the ‘free’ access principle – but doesn’t everything important, including privacy, have a price?