Flow Column: Snapchat, Privacy, & Discourse

We need to shift discourse away from discussing sexual and suggestive photos as inappropriate and abnormal, and rather focus on the inappropriate acts of sharing. This not only places blame back where it belongs – on those violating privacy – but also moves away from discourse that demonizes expressions of sexuality;

Creative Ways Teens Maintain Social Privacy with Social Media

I wrote an article for the Connected Learning Research Network’s blog. I’ve included an excerpt below. You can read the full article here. …I have found that social norms and a feeling of constant surveillance leave many teens feeling vulnerable with regard to social media use. Not only are teens concerned about adult and peer surveillance,…

Facebook, not just a "character reference"

Would you give your (potential) employer your Facebook password? Unfortunately this is not a hypothetical question for many people. Some companies are asking interviewees to log-in to their Facebook accounts during interviews and/or share their Facebook passwords with (potential) employers. While I understand employers’ desire to conduct background checks and obtain character references (for security-sensitive or…

"Little Johnny likes Batman" – The Ethics of Facebook Advertising and Children

There have been several news articles in the past few weeks addressing issues of privacy and kids. From the Consumer Report’s findings that there are 7.5 million children under the age of 13 using Facebook, which is against Facebook’s own policy (read more), to California’s proposed Social Networking Privacy Act (SB 242), to the FTC’s investigation…

Reflections on Privacy in the Digital Age, Part 2

The point of my previous post was actually to serve as an introduction for my thoughts related to two privacy/digital media news stories from the week: Spain Launches First “Right to be Forgotten” Case Against Google  iSpy Conspiracy: Your iPhone Is Secretly Tracking Everywhere You’ve Been, All the Time Originally I was going to discuss…