Facebook Changes Privacy Settings. Again.

It’s the never-ending story of Facebook. The New York Times technology blog, Bits, reports that Facebook has turned on facial recognition by default. By default, this privacy setting tells Facebook servers to search its database for images you (and others) have tagged as you, and then compare that image to any new image a friend uploads. […]

Wisconsin IT Department Treats Pro-Union Website Like A Porn Site

The website DefendWisconsin.org, which supports union protesters, could not be accessed on the Wisconsin Capitol wifi network on Monday and part of Tuesday, according to various news reports. According to CNN: The Capitol internet service, which restricts access to certain websites considered inappropriate for lawmakers, revealed a “blocked page” when users tried to access the […]

What Does It Mean To Be “Critical”? Wired Column On Facebook Privacy Questioned

Updated to provide additional context: 6.31 pm Pacific Sometimes, you just need to read a conversation thread in a single post to be truly boggled. I’ll preface this exchange by noting that I read the Wired column under discussion (What if the Facebook (Un)Privacy Revolution Is a Good Thing) prior to this exchange: my take-away […]

Facebook’s Principles, Deciphered

The Washington Post recently opened its editorial page to Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerburg. The Washington Post Chairman, Donald E. Graham, is a member of Facebook’s board of directors; friends in high media places. Here are the principles under which Facebook operates, according to that op-ed. I’ve copied Mark’s bullet points and added a bit commentary to […]

Internet Archive Stands Up To FBI

The FBI has withdrawn a secret demand that the Internet Archive provide details of a registered user’s personal information. This is reportedly only the third time an organization has succeeded in challenging a National Security Letter (NSL). The enormity of this success: the NYT reports that the “FBI issued nearly 200,000 NSLs between 2003 and […]