Tag: social networking

How Close Are You Really?

How Close Are You Really? (MIT Technology Review)

A diagram of your social network reveals the strength of your individual relationships, network scientists say.

Research contextualized in the MIT Technology Review: Social scientists measure the strength of these links using a variety of indicators, such as how often a person calls another, whether that call is reciprocated, the time the two people spend speaking, and so on. But these indicators are often difficult and time-consuming to measure. ➡   The…

Are you guilty of ‘orbiting’?

Are you guilty of ‘orbiting’? It may be hurting your relationships. (NBC News)

The trend of someone leaving your life, but still appearing in your online world, can hinder the ability to heal.

A piece on “orbiting” or a “strategic way to prevent the door from shutting completely on a former relationship.” I didn’t know what to call it at the time, but in a recent piece for Man Repeller, writer Anna Lovine used the term “orbiting” to describe when a person leaves your life but still appears in…

Facebook Is Pretty Good at Catching Nudity and Trolls. It’s Still Struggling to Stop Hate Speech.

Facebook Is Pretty Good at Catching Nudity and Trolls. It’s Still Struggling to Stop Hate Speech. (Slate Magazine)

The company finally lifted the curtain on what kind of content it boots from its platform.

Once again Facebook makes an announcement about how they’re protecting users and their data. Yet, we have to continue to question their priorities…and transparency in the model. Facebook removes tons of content from its platform for violating its rules, but it generally doesn’t reveal much about that content’s nature or quantity. On Tuesday, however, the…

Facebook's new transparency report ignores its biggest problems

Facebook's new transparency report ignores its biggest problems (Mashable)

Another day, another stop on Facebook's never-ending apology tour.

Another day, another stop on Facebook’s never-ending apology tour. On Tuesday, that takes the form of the social network’s latest transparency report, which, for the first time, includes stats on the vast amounts of content the company removes for violating its community standards. This content is a tiny fraction of the total content Facebook removes every…

Are My Friends Really My Friends?

Are My Friends Really My Friends? (nytimes.com)

The quantity of human interactions has increased, but the quality is arguably diminished.

More examination and reflection of the role and substance of social media connections in society. But in 2011, a team of researchers at the University of Pennsylvania headed by Keith N. Hampton found evidence that “close social relations do not attrite with internet use and that internet users tend to have larger personal networks,” and that social…

Facebook: Is it time we all deleted our accounts?

Arwa Mahdawi in The Guardian brings us to a close by asking the question that has been on everyone’s lips all week. Are the Cambridge Analytica revelations the final nudge we need to turn away from the social network? And, this is  only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to big tech harvesting private information.…

The Cambridge Analytica – Facebook Debacle: A legal primer

This post from Andrew Keene Woods on the Lawfare blog is a great legal primer on the moving parts of the debacle. Woods indicates that this was not a  ‘breach’ of data, but it was a breach of trust. Several key takeaways from this piece by Woods: [Aleksandr] Kogan did not need to get Facebook data through the back door.…

The Cambridge Analytica scandal, in 3 paragraphs

This week a whistle blower came out with a scandal involving Cambridge Analytica, a British consulting firm which combines data mining, data brokerage, and data analysis with strategic communication for the electoral process. There is a complicated web of relationships that explains how Cambridge Analytica was able to harvest raw data from 50 million Facebook profiles to direct its…