links for 2010-01-15

  1. eWeekEurope.co.uk | Facebook's Zuckerberg Questions Privacy Expectations

    It used to be, back in the day, there was this thing called a 'printing press', and relatively few people had access to them, and their usage was protected through a constitutional amendment, and to be published was almost like a civic sacrament. Now we have this thing called 'Wordpress', and you have this thing called 'facebook', and anyone at any time can write something potentially viewable by anyone–yet you have these whiners whining "Waaaah! facebook violates my privacy!!! Waaah!!" I'm trying to imagine Thomas Paine whining "Waaaah!!! Thomas Williams violated my privacy when he published The Age of Reason!! Now everyone thinks I'm an atheist!! Waaaah!!!" Look people. It's called self-editing. Don't give out too much personal information to people who are in the business of sharing information. You can use these marvels of modern technology relatively anonymously if you want. The user's failure to keep private information private should not condemn the innovators to hell.

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