If you've read danah boyd's new book, "It's Complicated: The Social Lives of Networked Teens" you'll understand just how complicated online privacy, identity, and the use of real names on Facebook can be. Boyd is a Research Assistant Professor of Media, Culture, and Communication at NYU, a Fellow at the Harvard Berkman Center for Internet and Society, and also a Principal Researcher at Microsoft Research.
Boyd is in Boston this week to deliver a keynote address at the Marketing Profs B2B Conference in Copley Square. I caught up with her and asked her a few questions about her new book and other issues surrounding online privacy. Read More
Two weeks ago, Facebook began suspending the accounts of members of the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, a drag and community service organization. Members who'd been active on Facebook under their stage names were locked out until they registered with their legal names.
For those members who wanted to keep their stage identities separate from the rest of their lives, at least online, Facebook's actions threatened to tear down a critical wall of privacy. After attempted discussions with Facebook, a whole lot of media (and social media) attention, and a Change.org campaign that's collected more than 36,300 signatures, on Wednesday Facebook's chief product officer Chris Cox apologized to the group. Read MoreBy any other nameOnline identity matters: Facebook, Ello, and the right to pseudonyms
Internet scholars and activists gathered at the Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard on Tuesday to discuss the right to choose how identity is presented online. The discussion was led by aestetix, an activist for pseudonymity on the Web.
Since Facebook announced a new policy trying to make people use their real name on the social network, there has been quite a blowback from people like musicians, artists, and members of the LGBT community who use pseudonyms on the site for artistic purposes or to protect their real identities.
One company is reaping the benefits of Facebook's "real name" stance and making a name for itself in the process. A social network called Ello, with some New England roots, has generated a ton of buzz over the past few days as people have inundated the site with invitation requests. The descriptor some are giving to the site: the "anti-Facebook." Read MoreFollow that firehoseMIT's new social hub is the best-designed university portal ever
Know anyone who's fallen for a story on The Onion? Apparently Facebook does.
Facebook revealed this week that it's planning to test a "satire" tag in people's newsfeeds. You know, so people can tell real news from the fake kind. Read More
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