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Self Description

September 2006: "Facebook is a social utility that helps people better understand the world around them. Facebook develops technologies that facilitate the spread of information through social networks, allowing people to share information online the same way they do in the real world. Anyone with a valid email address from a supported organization, company, college or high school can register for Facebook. They can then create profiles to connect with friends, share interests, join groups, send messages, write notes and post photos.

Facebook launched in February 2004, and the website now has over 9 million registered users across more than 40,000 regional, work, college and high school networks. According to comScore, Facebook is the seventh-most trafficked site on the web and is the number one photo-sharing site.

Facebook is a private company located in Palo Alto, California."

http://www.facebook.com/about.php

Third-Party Descriptions

July 2016: 'Here is the news – but only if Facebook thinks you need to know John Naughton Read more Algorithms such as the one that powers Facebook’s news feed are designed to give us more of what they think we want – which means that the version of the world we encounter every day in our own personal stream has been invisibly curated to reinforce our pre-existing beliefs. When Eli Pariser, the co-founder of Upworthy, coined the term “filter bubble” in 2011, he was talking about how the personalised web – and in particular Google’s personalised search function, which means that no two people’s Google searches are the same – means that we are less likely to be exposed to information that challenges us or broadens our worldview, and less likely to encounter facts that disprove false information that others have shared.'

https://www.theguardian.com/media/2016/jul/12/how-technology-disrupted-the-truth

April 2016: "As online users, we’ve become accustomed to the giant, invisible hands of Google, Facebook, and Amazon feeding our screens. We’re surrounded by proprietary code like Twitter Trends, Google’s autocomplete, Netflix recommendations, and OKCupid matches. It’s how the internet churns. So when Instagram or Twitter, or the Silicon Valley titan of the moment, chooses to mess with what we consider our personal lives, we’re reminded where the power actually lies. And it rankles."

http://www.cjr.org/innovations/investigating_algorithms.php

October 2013: "Google on Friday announced that it would soon be able to show users’ names, photos, ratings and comments in ads across the Web, endorsing marketers’ products. Facebook already runs similar endorsement ads. But on Thursday it, too, took a step to show personal information more broadly by changing its search settings to make it harder for users to hide from other people trying to find them on the social network."

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/10/12/technology/google-sets-plan-to-sell-users-endorsements.html

September 2013: 'In the United States, Facebook likes are protected by the first amendment. Liking something on Facebook is the same as using your right to free speech to actually say, “I like this.”'

http://www.webpronews.com/dont-fire-employees-over-facebook-likes-2013-09

June 2013: "Friday Facebook announced the fix of a bug it said inadvertently exposed the private information of over six million users when Facebook's previously unknown shadow profiles accidentally merged with user accounts in data history record requests. "

http://www.zdnet.com/anger-mounts-after-facebooks-shadow-profiles-leak-in-bug-7000017167/

February 2013: 'Facebook is just such a technology. It does things on our behalf when we're not even there. It actively misrepresents us to our friends, and worse misrepresents those who have befriended us to still others. To enable this dysfunctional situation -- I call it "digiphrenia" -- would be at the very least hypocritical. But to participate on Facebook as an author, in a way specifically intended to draw out the "likes" and resulting vulnerability of others, is untenable.'

http://www.cnn.com/2013/02/25/opinion/rushkoff-why-im-quitting-facebook/index.html

November 2012: "Facebook argues it has outgrown the voting and commenting system that currently exists on the site. (One BuzzFeed writer notes that China might argue the same thing with regard to democracy.)"

http://www.cnn.com/2012/11/26/tech/social-media/facebook-vote/index.html

May 2012: "The point is, laws are nuanced. But in the United States, it’s just plain difficult to Facebook if you’re on the sex offender registry. For years, state attorneys general have been pushing the issue, which has led to the purging of sex offenders from networks likes Facebook and MySpace. Just recently, New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman announced Operation: Game Over. That punnily-named initiative targeted another form of online social networking – game networks. In all, he announced that some high-profile companies likes Microsoft, Apple, E.A., and Disney had expunged over 3,500 registered sex offenders from platforms like Xbox LIVE and the PlayStation Network."

http://www.webpronews.com/should-sex-offenders-be-allowed-on-facebook-2012-05

May 2012: "So if profits aren't guaranteed, why the uproar over Facebook's IPO? Because an analyst at Morgan Stanley, the investment bank which set the offering price, released a report lowering the financial forecast for the company just before the offering. Angry stockholders allege the report was released only to a select circle of institutional investors, who then headed for the door. Consequently, most investors were left to shoulder the loss."

http://www.cnn.com/2012/05/24/opinion/wessels-facebook-ipo/index.html

March 2012: 'Keen awareness of human behavior has taught them to harness fundamental desires and needs, short-circuiting feedback mechanisms with instant rewards. Think of the "gamification" which now proliferates online - nearly every platform has some sort of reward or reputation point system encouraging you to tell them more about yourself. Facebook, of course, leverages our innate desires -- autobiographical identity construction and the need for interpersonal social connection -- as a means of encouraging the self-disclosure from which they profit.'

http://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2012/03/its-not-all-about-you-what-privacy-advocates-dont-get-about-data-tracking-on-the-web/254533/

February 2012: "Last year, Facebook found itself in hot water over a system that made it easier for users to tag their friends in bulk. Facebook said it would examine newly uploaded photos and compare them to other photos in which you or your friends are tagged in order to make tagging suggestions via facial recognition. The feature was later turned on without warning, however, prompting concern from security experts and regulators alike."

http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2400357,00.asp

January 2012: "What's new is that the policy states clearly that the aforementioned data can be shared among the other Google services that you use while logged into your Google account. It's similar to, say, how Facebook shares varying amounts of data about you among its services -- as well as with the third-party apps on the site."

http://ifwnewsletters.newsletters.infoworld.com/t/7964635/121634393/608757/0/

September 2011: "This is an extreme example, but there are plenty of other exchanges you might have with a friend on their wall or in their photo album that you don't want everyone to see, such as off-color jokes or political comments. In short, any comment you make is potentially open to a new level of scrutiny by all of your peers and followers: casual acquaintances, family members, a boss, a co-worker, a business partner, your pastor. They won't need to pore over your personal Facebook page to find these nuggets. Rather, all those nuggets are presented to your Facebook friends in one convenient location."

http://www.infoworld.com/t/social-networking/facebook-makes-it-easier-ever-eavesdrop-173657

August 2011: "LONDON — British officials and representatives of Twitter, Facebook and BlackBerry met Thursday to discuss voluntary ways to limit or restrict the use of social media to combat crime and periods of civil unrest, while trying to dodge charges of hypocrisy and censorship that trailed Prime Minister David Cameron’s call to restrict use of the networks after this month’s riots."

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/08/26/world/europe/26social.html

August 2011: "Questions about what social networks mean for personal privacy and security have been brought to a head by research at Carnegie Mellon University that shows that Facebook has essentially become a worldwide photo identification database. Paired with related research, we’re looking at the prospect where good, bad and ugly actors will be able identify a face in a crowd and know sensitive personal information about that person."

http://www.forbes.com/sites/chunkamui/2011/08/08/facebooks-privacy-issues-are-even-deeper-than-we-knew

July 2011: 'As the dust begins to settle on Google’s latest and least-tentative step towards an overarching social infrastructure, it’s becoming overwhelmingly apparent that Google+ is a Good Thing. At its most basic, Google+ is an alternative in a space that is fast becoming a one-party state. With 750 million users, exponential activity growth, the most-proliferated “Like” button, and one of the most popular federated login system in the world (Facebook Connect), it’s fair to say that Facebook’s grip on the web is monopolistic — and Google+ offers us a viable and safe alternative.'

http://www.extremetech.com/computing/89628-too-many-eggs-in-the-google-basket

June 2011: "The use of such metrics has come with a meteoric rise in valuations for companies like Groupon, LinkedIn and Facebook that has invited skepticism from analysts and people in the industry. They are questioning whether some business models — be they a social network aimed at professionals or a maker of online farm games — can endure."

http://dealbook.nytimes.com/2011/06/17/abracadabra-for-internet-start-ups-magic-trumps-math/

May 2011: 'As revealed by The Daily Beast's Dan Lyons [3] (the artist formerly known as Fake Steve Jobs), Facebook engaged a high-powered PR firm, Burson-Marsteller ("BM" for short -- insert juvenile joke here), to spread gross distortions about Google and its Social Circles service.'

http://www.infoworld.com/t/cringely/facebooks-failed-google-smear-stupidity-squared-979

April 2011: 'Numerous reports have been coming out that Facebook is taking down Facebook pages that are accused of infringing upon copyrights. The keyword there is “accused”. Apparently, Facebook does little (or nothing) to verify the legitimacy of the claims before taking action.'

http://www.webpronews.com/facebook-pages-taken-down-2011-04

January 2011: 'Facebook declined to comment on whether it had received requests for customer data linked to the WikiLeaks investigation. A company spokesman said Facebook had resisted “overly broad requests for user data.” Its privacy policy does not say whether the company will notify customers who are target of those requests.'

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/01/10/technology/10privacy.html

December 2010: "Facebook’s decision in the WikiLeaks matter illustrates the complexities that the company grapples with, on issues as diverse as that controversy, verbal bullying among teenagers, gay-baiting and religious intolerance."

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/12/13/technology/13facebook.html

October 2010: "Last week, I wrote about the necessity of Facebook to at least condone (if not abet) privacy leaks [6] via applications on its site. Because hundreds of millions of dollars in revenue are on the table, expecting Facebook to really crack down seems naïve. It's in business to make money, and sharing data with advertisers and app developers helps bring in the green."

http://www.infoworld.com/d/the-industry-standard/will-the-lawyers-shut-down-the-web-over-privacy-307

May 2010: "The back and forth between Facebook and its users over privacy is gaining importance as the company’s growth continues unabated. It now has nearly 500 million users around the world, and its policies, more than those of any other company, are helping to define standards for privacy in the Internet age."

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/05/27/technology/27facebook.html

May 2010: "Three years ago, Facebook experimented with a similar concept called Beacon. When members visited Web sites such as Blockbuster, Zappos and Overstock.com, it published alerts that sometimes ran alongside ads or a person's photo. The move sparked outrage among users, prompting a petition drive by MoveOn.org and a class-action lawsuit. Facebook eventually axed the program and settled the suit for $9.5 million, which it promised to use to create a foundation to study privacy issues."

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/05/21/AR2010052104951.html

May 2010: "A report in the Wall Street Journal indicates that a number of social networking sites (including Facebook, MySpace, and Digg) may be sharing users' personal information with advertisers. Since the Journal started looking into this possible breach of privacy, both Facebook and MySpace have moved to make changes."

http://www.infoworld.com/d/security-central/social-networks-may-be-sharing-your-info-advertisers-651

May 2010: 'The move followed a similar shutdown Wednesday of the social-networking site Facebook, which had drawn the ire of Islamist activists over a page inviting people to post drawings of the prophet Muhammad. At least 450 sites, including Wikipedia, were also cut off by midday Thursday, and the government said more blockages could come as its newly created "crisis cell" scoured the Web for inflammatory content.'

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/05/20/AR2010052005073.html

May 2010: "When a piece of software is automatically installed on your computer without your knowledge, it's called malware. But what do you call it when Facebook apps are added to your profile without your knowledge? We discovered Wednesday that this is actually happening, and stopping it isn't as easy as checking a box in your privacy settings."

http://www.macworld.com/article/151087/2010/05/facebook_addingapps.html

May 2010: "On Wednesday, users discovered a glitch that gave them access to supposedly private information in the accounts of their Facebook friends, like chat conversations."

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/05/06/technology/internet/06facebook.html

April 2010: "In a phone interview Wednesday, Facebook spokesman Barry Schnitt and product director Bret Taylor said the Palo Alto, Calif., company wanted to expand its utility. In this experiment, Facebook would build on its Facebook Connect system (in which people can sign into sites such as The Post's with their Facebook accounts) to help other companies greet Facebook users with a taste of its social network."

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/04/02/AR2010040200762.html

August 2009: "This summer, Facebook announced it would change its privacy policy to give users a simpler way to control who sees information users share. It’s probably a good thing: In July, government privacy commissioners in Canada and Australia charged that Facebook was not doing enough to protect users and potentially violating privacy laws."

http://features.csmonitor.com/innovation/2009/08/31/how-were-losing-our-privacy-online/

August 2009: 'The Northern California chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union has put out a campaign designed to raise awareness of the privacy implications of Facebook's developer platform. It's focusing specifically on the popular "quiz" applications, like "Which Cocktail Best Suits Your Personality?" and "Which Wes Anderson Movie Character Are You?" These are largely one-time-use apps that many a Facebook user clicks on and tries out with little concern.'

http://news.cnet.com/8301-13577_3-10318842-36.html

August 2009: "Never mind the perils of cyber-stalking, cyber-bullying and posting photos that could endanger your future job prospects: Facebook could be ruining your relationship and driving you toward compulsively jealous behavior."

http://www.latimes.com/features/health/la-he-capsule10-2009aug10,0,2375480.story

May 2009: 'Like anything on the Internet, Facebook has never been completely scam-free, but its privacy settings may create a false sense of security: most users can't interact with one another unless they are "friends" or belong to the same general network. The site at first glance would also seem less of a gold mine for swindlers since unlike financial websites, which offer access to victims' bank accounts, there is no direct financial gain from hacking into a Facebook account. But the bad guys know that many of us are lazy or forgetful and use the same password on multiple sites. In early 2008, Facebook noticed a marked increase in the number of scams. "We're the most effective distribution platform on the Internet," says Ryan McGeehan, the company's incidence-response manager. "The level of person-to-person connection doesn't exist anywhere else. And as we get bigger, we become a bigger target."'

http://www.time.com/time/business/article/0,8599,1895740,00.html

May 2009: "Some social networks have already confronted these privacy questions in how they allow advertisers and other entities to participate. Facebook, for example, has created a special sort of page designed to be used by companies, artists and now government officials. Facebook users become fans, not friends, with pages, and none of their private information is communicated to the owner of the pages. MySpace doesn’t make this distinction, nor does YouTube, which is increasingly adding social networking features to its site. On those sites, if you become friends with a company or an agency, its employees can see the information you share with your other friends."

http://bits.blogs.nytimes.com/2009/05/04/should-the-white-house-be-a-place-for-friends/

June 2009: "Meanwhile, the government has taken advantage of the void to crush the opposition through arrests, beatings and round-the-clock surveillance. Dissent, even online, is not tolerated. Egyptian security officials routinely monitor cellphones and social networking sites such as Facebook and hack into the e-mails of anyone they deem suspicious, activists said."

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/06/25/AR2009062504415.html

March 2009: "Student loan repayment can be difficult for young people starting off their careers and has become even more challenging now with the economic downturn, as recent graduates lose their jobs or struggle to land one. Groups like Applebaum's on Facebook, and other organizations such as StudentLoanJustice.org, are part of a new movement advocating for an overhaul of the country's troubled student loan system. Frustrated with often unaffordable monthly payments, loans that are nearly impossible to discharge, and restrictive loan repayment plans, student borrowers are pushing the government and private loan companies to devise new solutions."

http://www.businessweek.com/bschools/content/mar2009/bs20090323_558993.htm

June 2009: "In 2007, Facebook asked volunteers to offer translations of the standard explanatory language throughout the site into more than 20 languages, with translators voting among themselves for preferred verbiage. Some faulted the company, saying it was shortchanging translators."

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/06/29/technology/start-ups/29linkedin.html

June 2009: 'Havana-based blogger Yoani Sánchez, 33, who e-mails friends outside Cuba to get her entries posted online, said the Iranian protests -- in particular, the reportedly widespread use of Twitter, Facebook and cellphones -- have served as "a lesson for Cuban bloggers."'

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/06/26/AR2009062604343.html

June 2009: "Most recently, users cried foul when Facebook changed the language of its terms of service to imply that the site had irrevocable rights to all the content, including photos and personal information, even if users delete their profiles from the site. Facebook retracted the change and vowed to give users more input in terms of service agreements."

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/06/18/AR2009061804043.html

May 2009: "Facebook is under pressure to take a stand on groups that want to use its pages to air views that are at best controversial and at worst hateful."

http://www.businessweek.com/technology/content/may2009/tc20090512_104433.htm

May 2009: '“Which Movie Studios Will Cause the Most Youth to Start Smoking This Summer?” is the name of the effort. Components include a Facebook scorecard, moviesmokingscorecard.com, tallying the number of tobacco images depicted in movies rated G, PG and PG-13 from May to August. The studio found to be the biggest offender will be named on billboards in September.'

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/05/28/movies/28smoke.html

December 2008: 'Last week, CollegeProwler, a publishing company that distributes unofficial college guidebooks, sparked controversy after a Butler University employee, Brad Ward, discovered that company staffers were masquerading as high school seniors on Facebook and forming “Class of 2013″ groups for various colleges.'

http://bits.blogs.nytimes.com/2008/12/24/separating-real-from-fake-on-the-internet/

June 2008: "Facebook has finally closed the book on its long-running, multi-front legal battle with the rival college social network ConnectU — but not before a new question was raised about Facebook’s supposed $15 billion valuation."

http://bits.blogs.nytimes.com/2008/06/26/judge-ends-facebooks-feud-with-connectu/index.html

March 2008: "Facebook and MySpace have become one of the go-to background tools for journalists in the past couple of years, allowing members of the press to put a face to the subject of their story and find out more about them."

http://www.cnn.com/2008/US/03/13/ashley.myspace/index.html

March 2008: 'When Facebook was launched by Mark Zuckerberg in 2004, it was designed as a way for college students to connect with each other. Users created a personal page and were able to accept or send out electronic "friend" requests for people to be included in their networks. People who were "friends" were able to keep tabs on people in their network, send messages and even connect with friends of friends. It was like an exclusive private club, since it was open only to those with certain e-mail addresses.'

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/03/08/AR2008030801034.html

March 2008: 'Individuals have also taken legal action against unwanted messages they perceive as spam. In October, Lindsey Abrams of Illinois filed a complaint against Facebook for sending "unauthorized text messages" to her wireless phone number, which had previously been assigned to another Facebook member. "These messages can come during all times of the day or night and, because the senders are often hard to identify, can be seen as intimidating or unsettling," Abrams said in the complaint.'

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/03/09/AR2008030902213.html

February 2008: 'Facebook's privacy policy is disturbingly cryptic on this issue. It says the company "usually keep[s] a backup copy of the prior version [of updated profile information] for a reasonable period of time to enable reversion to the prior version of that information." Facebook declines to enumerate how many days (or centuries) constitute a "reasonable period of time." Facebook users do not have access to this information, so it's unclear who exactly would be doing the proposed "reversion."'

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/02/22/AR2008022202630.html

February 2008: "While the Web site offers users the option to deactivate their accounts, Facebook servers keep copies of the information in those accounts indefinitely. Indeed, many users who have contacted Facebook to request that their accounts be deleted have not succeeded in erasing their records from the network."

http://www.nytimes.com/2008/02/11/technology/11facebook.html

January 2008: 'What happened at Lewis & Clark is a reminder of the power of social-networking sites like Facebook, which now boasts more than 60 million active members, according to Forrester Research. It's the sixth most trafficked site in the United States, with more than 65 billion page views per month. More than half of its active users visit the site every day. "Facebook has enormous power as a potential weapon," said Montana Miller, an ethnographer at Bowling Green State University who is conducting a study about how students at the Ohio college use Facebook. "For a long time, people have been called sluts, losers, cheaters and rapists anonymously on bathroom walls. For today's cyberconnected campuses, Facebook is the bathroom wall on steroids. You can erase it and replace the wall, but once it's posted online, it stays up forever."'

http://www.newsweek.com/id/103217

January 2008: "On the Internet site Facebook, a mecca for high school and college students, the largest group devoted to Obama has more than 400,000 members."

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/01/20/AR2008012002366.html

December 2007: "The growing, but largely hidden, issue of online consumer-tracking and information-sharing burst into the open in recent days because of the controversy generated by Facebook's Beacon ad-serving technology. In that case, the use of tracking technology was acknowledged by the company, though it has been blasted for not allowing users to easily opt out and for failing to disclose how extensively it was being used."

http://www.computerworld.com/action/article.do?command=viewArticleBasic&articleId=9051219

November 2007: "A CA security researcher is sounding the alarm that Facebook's controversial Beacon online ad system goes much further than anyone has imagined in tracking people's Web activities outside the popular social networking site."

http://www.infoworld.com/article/07/11/30/CA-says-facebooks-Beacon-more-intrusive-than-previously-thought_1.html?source=NLC-TB&cgd=2007-12-03

October 2007: In recent months, sites like MySpace and Facebook have been the targets of investigations by several state attorneys general seeking to purge sexual predators from the sites. MySpace has responded by deleting the accounts of 29,000 users whose personal details match them with records of sex offenders, and Facebook agreed this week to comply with a two-year investigation that will track incidents of pornography and sexual advances on the site.

http://www.forbes.com/technology/2007/10/19/online-predators-children-technology-personaltech_cx_ag_1022safekid.html

July 2007: SAN FRANCISCO, July 29 — Facebook, the online social network, has stolen some of MySpace’s momentum with users and the news media. Now, it is being subjected to the same accusations that it does not do enough to keep sexual predators off its site.

http://www.nytimes.com/2007/07/30/business/media/30facebook.html

April 2007: Law enforcement officials and safety groups have focused on the Internet as an arena for such types of harassment as false impersonation and character assassination as more people voluntarily place their private lives on public display through Web sites such as Facebook.com and MySpace.com.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/04/13/AR2007041302392.html

September 2006: But this week the site's immense popularity backfired after it started a feature that culls fresh information users post about themselves -- Tim is now single -- and delivers it in headline-news format to their network of buddies. Facebook, of Palo Alto, Calif., unveiled the feature at midnight Monday, saying it would make new information easier to find. Within hours, online protest groups were formed and thousands of people had joined.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2006/09/06/AR2006090601805.html

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Opponent (past or present) ConnectU Organization Aug 13, 2007
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Owner of (partial or full, past or present) Instagram Organization Jul 6, 2012
Cooperation (past or present) National Security Agency (NSA) Organization Sep 5, 2013
Cooperation (past or present) Pandora Media Organization May 27, 2010
Director/Trustee/Overseer (past or present) Marc Andreessen Person Jul 6, 2012
Director/Trustee/Overseer (past or present) Wilmot Reed Hastings Person Jul 6, 2012
Organization Executive (past or present) Chris Kelly Esq. Person Jun 19, 2009
Advised by (past or present) Sean Parker Person Jul 1, 2013
Organization Executive (past or present) Sheryl Sandberg Person Jun 24, 2012
Founded/Co-Founded by Eduardo Saverin Person May 19, 2012
Employee/Freelancer/Contractor (past or present) Timothy Sparapani Esq. Person Jun 19, 2009
Financial Recipient from (past or present) Peter Thiel Esq. Person Aug 13, 2007
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Feb 23, 2008 What Facebook Knows That You Don't

QUOTE: All the commotion about how Facebook hoards outgoing users' data got me wondering whether we're missing the more important privacy question: What happens to all the data we active members choose to delete, for privacy reasons or otherwise?

Washington Post
Feb 11, 2008 How Sticky Is Membership on Facebook? Just Try Breaking Free

QUOTE: Some [Facebook] users have discovered that it is nearly impossible to remove themselves entirely from Facebook, setting off a fresh round of concern over the popular social network’s use of personal data.

New York Times
Feb 10, 2008 Outraged eBay sellers plot strike week: Boycotts by irate sellers are nothing new for eBay - but organizers hope this time, they'll have critical mass.

QUOTE: ...[an Ebay seller says,] "these changes [to Ebay's policies, which include fee hikes, a 21-day hold on some funds sent through its PayPal payment service, and disallowing sellers from leaving negative feedback for their buyers] are just devastating to the small business owner. It's really a slap in the face."

CNN (Cable News Network)
Feb 09, 2008 A Tight Grip Can Choke Creativity

QUOTE: [Rowling] is essentially claiming that....no one else can use [her characters] without her permission....copyright holders have tried to impose rules on the rest of us — through threats and litigation — that were never intended to be part of copyright law...

New York Times
Feb 08, 2008 Gossip and Slander at a Campus Near You

QUOTE: An anonymous Web site that’s caught the attention — and provoked the ire — of students across the country has already unleashed comments...in carefree, unregulated and sometimes vicious discussion threads that have raised privacy concerns and condemnations on several campuses.

Inside Higher Ed
Jan 25, 2008 The Morning After

QUOTE: A Facebook group blasted unproven allegations of sexual assault across campus. Is what happened at an Oregon college rough justice--or reputation assassination?

Newsweek
Jan 23, 2008 Va. Student's Snow-Day Plea Triggers an Online Storm

QUOTE: ...a phone call to a Fairfax County public school administrator's home last week about a snow day...has taken on a life of its own. Through the ubiquity of Facebook and YouTube, the call has become a rallying cry for students' First Amendment rights, and it shows that the generation gap has become a technological chasm.

Washington Post
Jan 21, 2008 One Teen's Campaign To Restore Voting Rights

QUOTE: Last month, [a Maryland high school senior], along with her father and a sympathetic state senator, persuaded Maryland's top legal minds to restore the right of suffrage to at least 50,000 teens who will turn 18 between the Feb. 12 primary and the Nov. 4 election.

Washington Post
Jan 12, 2008 Unmuzzling High School Journalists

QUOTE: Definitive statistics on trends in high school censorship are hard to come by, but anecdotal data suggest that many principals have exploited the advantage [that a 1988 Suprme Court ruling, which upheld a principal's right to censor the high school newspaper] gave them.

Washington Post
Dec 05, 2007 Maintaining privacy is getting harder for Web surfers: Privacy alert: Cookie variants can be used to skirt blockers, anti-spyware tools

QUOTE: Just because your Web browser is set to block third-party tracking cookies, that doesn't mean all of them are being blocked. A growing number of Web sites are quietly resorting to the use of "first-party," subdomain cookies to skirt anti-spyware tools and cookie-blockers and allow third-party information-gathering and ad-serving

Computerworld
Nov 30, 2007 CA: Facebook's Beacon more intrusive than previously thought: A CA security researcher has found that Facebook's Beacon ad system goes much further than originally thought in tracking users' Web activ

QUOTE: ...Facebook's controversial Beacon online ad system goes much further than anyone has imagined in tracking people's Web activities outside the popular social networking site. Beacon will report back to Facebook on members' activities on third-party sites that participate in Beacon even if the users are logged off from Facebook and have declined having their activities broadcast to their Facebook friends.

InfoWorld
Oct 19, 2007 Keeping Your Kids Safe Online

QUOTE: Magid argues the focus on sexual predators on social networking sites is largely political grandstanding. Much less sensational, and far more common, he contends, are cases where kids simply post too much sensitive or compromising information about themselves on social networks or blogs, leading to incidents of cyberbullying and embarrassment.

Forbes
Aug 11, 2007 Slipstream: Who Owns the Concept if No One Signs the Papers?

QUOTE: WHO owns a bright idea? If the technology associated with an idea is new and the opportunities it offers are valuable, it will have many authors — most of whom may argue over ownership.

New York Times
Jul 30, 2007 New Scrutiny for Facebook Over Predators

QUOTE: Facebook, the online social network... is being subjected to... accusations that it does not do enough to keep sexual predators off its site.

New York Times
Jul 15, 2007 A Zone To Stay Out Of

QUOTE: Is life "on the record"? Seriously, should someone going out on a date clarify whether the evening's events are on "background"? ... These are journalistic conventions, you say, not applicable to ordinary folks. But nowadays, in the age of blogs, everyone is a journalist...

Washington Post
May 29, 2007 Teen Tests Internet's Lewd Track Record: California High Schooler Allison Stokke, 18, Becomes a Victim Of Unwanted Attention After Photo Is Posted on a Sports Blog

QUOTE: Within days, hundreds of thousands of Internet users had searched for Stokke's picture and leered. The wave of attention has steamrolled Stokke and her family...

Washington Post
Apr 14, 2007 Stalkers Go High Tech to Intimidate Victims

QUOTE: But a little-discussed and more threatening phenomenon is also happening to the unwitting online and in the high-tech world: cyber-stalking, the illegal monitoring of private information and communication of ex-lovers and spouses as a form of domestic violence.

Washington Post
Sep 14, 2006 Protect Yourself From Pretexting

QUOTE: Pretexting has long been a tactic used by private investigators and others to obtain personal information and records about people. Also known as "social engineering" in the hacker realm, it involves using ploys to obtain data and documents.

Wired
Sep 12, 2006 Facebook: Opening the Doors Wider

QUOTE: Now that anyone living most anywhere in the U.S. can open an account, it's a further step from the clubby feel that originally ingratiated the site to colleges. Execution aside, the strategy has some industry watchers scratching their heads. Sites dream of having such a lock on the free-spending, hard-to-reach college audience and by trying to do more, Facebook risks alienating them and opening the door to a competitor.

BusinessWeek
Sep 07, 2006 In Online Social Club, Sharing Is the Point Until It Goes Too Far

QUOTE: Denizens of one of the Web's most popular student hangouts are in an uproar over changes to the site that they say make their online musings much too public, turning their personal lives into a flashing billboard.

Washington Post

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