Here's something nobody -- including apparently most of the people at Google -- knew until last week. In addition to the SSID and MAC address, Google's WiFi antennas were also siphoning off unencrypted data as it passed through wireless routers and out onto the InterWebs. That could potentially include email, passwords, Facebook or Twitter status updates, Web sites visited -- really, anything not protected by an encrypted SSL (https:) connection. in terms of the volume of information it possesses about ordinary citizens, it's pretty darned close. In some ways, Google knows more about you than Uncle Sam. And there are far fewer rules restricting what it's allowed to do with this information.
Week 6: Digital Privacy
Week 6: PRIVACY
“ There is a tendency to be impulsive and not to always look at possible consequences, plus the sense of invincibility that masks vulnerability beneath” Elaine Leader
“ The reality is that nothing on Facebook is really confidential. Facebook is founded on a radical social premise -- that an inevitable enveloping transparency will overtake modern life."
The Machine is US/ing Us http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6gmP4nk0EOE
The Importance of Critical Thinking Skills <ul><li>Youth as actively constructing their social and cultural worlds, not as innocent victims or passive recipients of media messages </li></ul>
<ul><li>dana boyd - Researcher at Microsoft Research New England and a Fellow at the Harvard Berkman Center for Internet and Society . </li></ul>Boyd’s Law: “ Adding more users to a social network (site) increases the provability that it will put you in a awkward circumstance.”
Facebook: The Entire Web Will Be Social By Liz Gannes Apr. 21, 2010 <ul><li>Social plugins are little widgets that bring Facebook to the rest of the web. They offer “ instant personalization ” </li></ul><ul><li>Creates a persistent relationship with you around that content. Sites give Facebook semantic information around the thing you liked — for instance, the title, type, genre and city for a band you like on Pandora. </li></ul>http://www.pandora.com/#/stations/create/
Privacy Paradox An Oxymoron Young people will freely give up personal information to join social networks on the Internet. Afterwards, they are surprised when their parents read their journals. " There's a big difference between publicly available data and publicized data.” Dr. Dana Boyd, co-author a newly published book: Hanging Out, Messing Around, and Geeking Out: Kids Living and Learning with New Media .
Where and how you give up your privacy (anyone can badmouth you with the world and you may be helpless to stop it) <ul><li>Messaging and online communication </li></ul><ul><li>Photo and video sharing sites </li></ul><ul><li>Giving reviews and opinions </li></ul><ul><li>Social bookmarking and tagging </li></ul><ul><li>Communities and groups </li></ul><ul><li>Virtual worlds and gaming </li></ul><ul><li>Collaboration and sharing </li></ul>
Creepers Paradise ~Facebook has got your number for the world to see~
A word or two about passwords and…. hacking Facebook http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V_kvQC5DH34&feature=related <ul><li>No birthdates or social security numbers </li></ul><ul><li>No mother’s maiden name </li></ul><ul><li>No universal password </li></ul><ul><li>Yes to long passwords (over eight characters) </li></ul><ul><li>Yes to random patterns – first letter of each word in your favorite song with your favorite number. </li></ul><ul><li>Yes to changing it frequently </li></ul>
Facebook Groups Prank Shows Problem with Default Opt-In in Newly Announced “Groups” feature. “MARK ZUCKERGERG ADDED TO PEDOPHILE GROUP” http://www.pcworld.com/businesscenter/article/207305/facebook_groups_prank_shows_problem_with_default_optin.html <ul><li>The Facebook Help Center answers the question "Can I Prevent People From Adding Me to a New Group?" with the following: " The functionality of approving a group membership is not available. </li></ul>
The Facebook Controversy: Mark Zuckerberg’s Response http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q_o4MvgiMHg
Not Google too !#@ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yBAAFd-1L4M&feature=related <ul><li> Google has been Hoovering up data from open WiFi networks around the world -- some 600 gigs' worth, according to the AP -- which is tantamount to wiretapping and may well violate federal and international laws. </li></ul><ul><li>When Google sends its fleet of camera-equipped cars into the streets to snap pictures of your neighborhood for its Street View product, these cars are also collecting something a little extra: The name and unique MAC address of every open WiFi network they encounter along the way. </li></ul>
What is data how does it affect privacy? <ul><li>We need to educate ourselves by reading those terms of service contracts, noting which sites are sharing and which ones aren’t as well as being vigilant as to what kind of personal data we’re so eagerly sharing with the world. </li></ul>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8hdl-Lwzy7Y&feature=player_embedded
<ul><li>Facebook users are notorious for sharing too much information. </li></ul><ul><li>Foursquare doesn’t just broadcast your location to your selected friends; it also serves as a game, pairing virtual rewards with real activities. </li></ul>
<ul><li>Foursquare is a new social network where users can post their current location to up to 900 friends. </li></ul>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DFXzyJ8mUh4
<ul><li>“ These new technologies make it increasingly easy to share potentially sensitive personal information, like your exact location. People might be over-sharing without knowing about it. For example, you might relay your Foursquare location to your public Twitter account and by doing this expose the message to the whole world (Twitter: "Our default is almost always to make the information you provide public "). </li></ul>http://pleaserobme.com/
The owners have shut down the site , but you get the idea. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zfZROP2ky4I