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Digitally Literate #202

Clearing the path Digitally Lit #202 – 6/22/2019 Hi all, my name is Ian O’Byrne and welcome to issue #202 of Digitally Literate. In this newsletter I curate the news of the week and distilling this down into an easy-to-read resource for you. Thank you for reading. Please subscribe if you haven’t already. This week…

Facebook announces Libra cryptocurrency: All you need to know

Facebook has finally revealed the details of its cryptocurrency, Libra, which will let you buy things or send money to people with nearly zero fees. You’ll pseudonymously buy or cash out your Libra online or at local exchange points like grocery stores, and spend it using interoperable third-party wallet apps or Facebook’s own Calibra wallet…

Digitally Literate #200

It goes on. Digitally Lit #200 – 6/8/2019 Hi all, my name is Ian O’Byrne and welcome to Digitally Literate. Welcome to issue #200!!! I started this newsletter several years ago with in the intention of curating during the week and distilling this down into an easy-to-read source for you to quickly consume. My goal…

Facebook shareholders try and fail to limit Mark Zuckerberg’s power

As a regular reader of my newsletter (subscribe here), you’ve been a witness to the relentless stories of Facebook playing fast and loose with user data, identity, security. Facebook then obfuscates, hides, and then slow-walks a response and possible changes. This is followed by returning to their earlier habits and repeating the cycle again months…

Digitally Literate #194

Getting lost in the crowdDigitally Lit #194 – 4/20/2019 Hi all, my name is Ian O’Byrne and welcome to Digitally Literate. In this newsletter, I try to synthesize what happened this week so you can be digitally literate as well. I posted a couple of things this week: Optimize algorithms to support kids online, not…

Facebook’s Head of Product Leaves After Privacy Pivot

Last week, Mark Zuckerberg published a manifesto about privacy that offered up a new direction for the company, one based on encrypted messaging & the interoperability of all of the messaging platforms within Facebook. A shift to move the company toward a future dominated not by public feeds but by private, encrypted messaging. Chris Cox, the Chief Product…

Zuckerberg’s new privacy essay shows why Facebook needs to be broken up

In “A Privacy-Focused Vision for Social Networking,” a 3,200-word essay that Zuckerberg posted to Facebook on March 6, he says he wants to “build a simpler platform that’s focused on privacy first.” In apparent surprise, he writes: “People increasingly also want to connect privately in the digital equivalent of the living room.” Zuckerberg’s essay is…

Facebook sucks for privacy, but how good are advertisers at targeting me?

A lot has been recently said about Facebook’s disregard for user’s data privacy. This is as stories are routinely coming out about their business model of collecting user information, and selling this off to advertisers and worse. To test out the value of this collected information, Preetish Panda gathered his dataset from Facebook, and analyzed using…

Twitter Thread from Studio Glibly (@NoTotally)

Thread by @NoTotally: “Facebook’s hands-off stand on Holocaust-deniers is a good opportunity to think about the “marketplace of ideas” concept and how it’s used to […]”

Cory Doctorow: Zuck's Empire of Oily Rags

Cory Doctorow: Zuck’s Empire of Oily Rags (Locus Online)

For 20 years, privacy advocates have been sounding the alarm about commercial online surveillance.

Cory Doctorow in LocusMag. View all annotations here. Privacy advocates tried to explain that persuasion was just the tip of the iceberg. Commercial databases were juicy targets for spies and identity thieves, to say nothing of blackmail for people whose data-trails revealed socially risky sexual practices, religious beliefs, or political views. I like this framing…