. . . it’s important to understand how what she’s saying is different from other privacy theorists. The standard explanation for privacy freakouts is that people get upset because they’ve “lost control” of data about themselves or there is simply too much data available. Nissenbaum argues that the real problem “is the inapproproriateness of the flow of information due to the mediation of technology.” In her scheme, there are senders and receivers of messages, who communicate different types of information with very specific expectations of how it will be used. Privacy violations occur not when too much data accumulates or people can’t direct it, but when one of the receivers or transmission principles change. The key academic term is “context-relative informational norms.” Bust a norm and people get upset.
When you’re trotting around the globe in your 20s and 30s with you mobile phone in hand, you can ignore the fact that you are a mortal being. At my age, not so much. So I selectively protect my phone, depending on where I am.
It only takes a moment to turn on password protection, or to turn it off.
I turn it on when I’m in situations where there are lots of people and I might lose it or mislay it or even have it stolen.
I turn it off when I’m driving somewhere alone, or when I’m out walking alone. If something happens to me while I’m away from home alone, I want my emergency numbers and my contact list to be accessible on my phone. I’m trading one kind of security for another kind of security.
Compelling Facebook Fan Pages from Chris Brogan lists shows pages I never heard of and don’t find particularly compelling. But if you’re trying to accomplish something with a Facebook page, go check it out.
Making things hard to read ‘can boost learning’ at BBC News says that reading something in a “harder” font can boost retention of the information. The easy font they tested was Arial at pure black. The hard fonts tested were Comic Sans and Bodoni, both at 75% grayscale. Does that mean that if I can decipher something in your scratchy handwriting, I’ll remember it forever?
Hardboiled Web Design is a new book by Andy Clarke. I haven’t seen the book yet, but I have to say that the book website is creative and beautifully designed. Bodes well for the book, don’t you think?
Tracking the Companies that Track You Online is a podcast from NPR’s Fresh Air. It’s an interview with Julia Angwin of The Wall Street Journal that looks at how tracking companies, data brokers and advertising networks work.