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Response: “What is Sticky Enough? Blogging and Privacy” (Revision)

Solove reminds that blogs are public – even those believed to be “a needle in the electronic haystack of cyberspace” can be and are read by people for whom they were not intended (51). After pointing out how wrongful the assumption that only “friends and family” will read our blog posts is, Solove talks about … Continue reading

Response: “Unscholarly Faith” and Categorization as Invasions of Privacy in “Private Uses of Cyberspace”

Sharon Cumberland’s “Private Uses of Cyberspace: Women, Desire, and Fan Culture” examines the importance of gender roles and identification in a variety of fan fiction communities. The chapter suffers from Cumberland’s obsession over her inability to assert the factuality of her evidence and her desire to quantify and categorize the readers and writers within these … Continue reading

Response: Facebook, Privacy, and the “Death of Independent George”

In The Facebook Effect, David Kirkpatrick explains Mark Zuckerberg and Facebook’s moralistic position that “you have one identity” and that splitting one’s identity into different roles is an “example of a lack of integrity” (199). Based on this premise, Facebook believes that “by openly acknowledging who we are and behaving consistently among all our friends, … Continue reading

Response: Transparency and Personal Development in Facebook and Games

In David Kirkpatrick’s The Facebook Effect, Mark Zuckerberg and others insist on the benefits of a more open and transparent society, suggesting that the ideal to strive for is consistency in behavior. Behind these claims is Zuckerberg’s conviction that “having two identities for yourself is an example of a lack of integrity” (199). By collecting … Continue reading

Response: Who controls our online privacy?

Do we really care about privacy? How many times have you read a Privacy Contract before signing up for a website? The language that they use is not an excuse. A large number of those terms are written in plain language and are easy to understand. Even Google is pretty clear when saying that, yes, … Continue reading

Response: Floating Online: The Fragmented Self

Solove’s book The Future of Reputation, discusses principles of gossip and rumour as they take place in our daily and online lives.  As Solove gives examples of unforgettable blogs from that of Washingtonienne to the Phantom Professor, a sense of foreboding starts creeping in as we are given mere fragments as representation for the reputations … Continue reading

Response: The Uses and (Potential) Abuses of Contextual Integrity

Hey everyone Helen Nissenbaum’s Privacy in Context critically explores the intricate network of concerns governing contemporary discussions about privacy. At the heart of her argument is a framework she refers to as “contextual integrity”, or the notion that people’s attitudes toward privacy are more complex than a binary between the permissive and the restrictive. Instead, … Continue reading

Summary: Kirkpatrick’s “Privacy”

In chapter ten of The Facebook Effect, David Kirkpatrick attempts to illuminate the complex position Mark Zuckerberg and Facebook take on privacy, as well as the backlash to their campaign for complete social openness. Kirckpatrick opens with the question, “How much of ourselves should we show the world” (199)? This question is based on the common perception … Continue reading

Summary: Privacy Laws in Canada

Privacy in Canada is primarily regulated through two federal laws, the Privacy Act—regulating government and public sector institutions—and the Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act (PIPEDA)—regulating certain private sector, profit and not-for-profit organizations. The Privacy Act (1983) puts restrictions upon “the collection, use and disclosure of personal information” (Office of the Privacy Commissioner Of … Continue reading

Summary: WordPress’ “fascinating terms of service”

When a user signs up for a WordPress.com account, he agrees to the “fascinating terms of service,” as the people at Auttomatic, Inc. describe them. The very first paragraph of these fairly short and easy to read terms of service, after encouraging the users to express themselves freely, reminds them to be responsible in what … Continue reading