Greetings! (March 31, 2010)
Last month three Google executives were convicted on privacy violations in an Italian court. They were found guilty of failing to comply with Italian privacy law in allowing a disparaging video to be posted online.
As anticipated, the ruling sparked a renewed debate about who is responsible for data uploaded to Web sites. As Google global privacy counsel Peter Fleischer said, the decision raises questions for operators of many Internet platforms.
Time to say goodbye? Choosing to log off—permanently—in a social networking world (March 31, 2010)
Social networking. Whether we're tweeting, blogging or answering that now-famous question, "what's on your mind?" it's clear that we enjoy our time online. In fact, the world's largest social networking site, Facebook, recently announced it has an estimated 400 million users. It would seem that this movement to interact socially via computer is only gaining momentum.
The virtues of deleting (March 31, 2010)
For millennia, forgetting has been easy for us humans. It's built into the way we work. Biologically, we forget most of what we experience, think and feel every day.
Remembering has required extra effort--a bit of money or time. In the digital age, this has become reversed. Today, remembering is the default, and forgetting the exception--cumbersome and time-consuming.
Easily recording and keeping accessible the information treasures of humankind has tremendous advantages. It increases efficiency, enhances trust and may even help us transcend (at least informationally) one of the most fundamental limitations of our existence: mortality.