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Death and Dating in the Digital Realm

With Halloween on the horizon and darker thoughts surfacing, have you ever wondered what would become of your online creations after you die? Or, on a lighter note, if your only contact info for last night’s kiss is through Facebook, how do you make the next move?  Check out Gadgetwise to ask your questions or […]

How Does the Internet See You?

Check out Personas, a component of the Metropath(ologies) exhibit, currently on display at the MIT Museum by the Sociable Media Group from the MIT Media Lab. It uses sophisticated natural language processing and the Internet to create a data portrait of your online identity. Just type in your name and find out how the shoe […]

What do Facebook Quizzes Know About You?

More than you might think!  If you’ve ever spent some time completing a quiz on Facebook – or are thinking about it – check out this American Civil Liberties Union Blog of Rights posting.  It will get you up to speed on what FB quizzes are learning about you as you do them and how […]

Facebook at the office…

Ever wonder how the term “Facebook-fired” came about? Adding coworkers and bosses to your facebook profile can be fraught with challenges – check out these examples from Passive Aggressive Notes in the workplace here! Note: some of the language in both the post itself and the comments may be offensive to some people.

How to Read a Privacy Policy

We’ve all clicked “I accept” when we’re in a rush and need to start a new online account – those privacy policies are really long and dry, after all. But what are you really signing up for? The Common Data Project has recently published a guide for how to read privacy policies and what to […]

British Spy Chief Involved in Facebook Controversy

Even spies can get caught up in social networking. The wife of new MI6 chief Sir John Sawers posted information on her Facebook profile that gave away details of where they lived and about their children. Get the full story here.

Office of the Privacy Commissioner takes aim at Facebook

The office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada, our national watchdog for personal privacy, recently completed an investigation of Facebook’s privacy policies – and they weren’t too happy. Check out their complete findings here and let us know what you think!

A Closer Look at Facebook’s Privacy Settings

Has Facebook changed our definitions of public and private? In this thought-provoking article, Read Write Web addresses the implications of Facebook’s recent changes to its privacy settings. Check out the full article here!

Digital Dumping Grounds

A group of UBC journalism students recently discovered that private personal data can be bought and sold – in countries such as Ghana. “E-waste” is a growing concern… just what does happen to the sensitive information we submit digitally on a day-to-day basis? Get the full story  here.