Posts Tagged ‘Information Sharing’

In the mix

Thursday, August 27th, 2009

What Facebook Quizzes Know About You (ReadWriteWeb)

Facebook Ratchets Up Privacy Controls (Again)

Ole Miss to Tweet Its Watts (CNET News)

In the mix

Wednesday, June 24th, 2009

Online participatory study of bipolar disorder.  (MoodChart)

The Day Facebook Changed Forever. (ReadWriteWeb)

Unhealthy Accounting of the Uninisured. (Wall Street Journal)

In the mix

Wednesday, May 20th, 2009

Site Lets Writers Sell Digital Copies. (NY Times)

Linked Data is Blooming: Why You Should Care (ReadWriteWeb)

Mint Considers Selling Anonymized Data From Its Users (ReadWriteWeb)

The Growing Popularity of Popularity Lists (The Numbers Guy/Wall Street Journal)

A Cop on the Twitter Beat

Monday, May 4th, 2009

I have done my best to resist posting about Twitter. Really, you can read about John McCain‘s earmark-ache and Britney‘s movie dates with her sons somewhere else, if you don’t already subscribe to their thoughtstreams. However, when the FBI pops up in a user’s feed, every user ought to take note.

Best as I can tell, here’s what happened: a lady called Liz received a spammy email pretending to be from the FBI. She wondered out loud whether to erase it. An FBI employee, trolling the twittersphere, got wind of the question, and answered:

“Yes, you dare.. and report it to our internet crime complaint center:”

More from Ben Smith.

Trying to “show, not tell” CDP’s values

Tuesday, January 6th, 2009

Let’s be honest—it’s not easy to explain what we at the Common Data Project are trying to do.

It’s been a year since we incorporated as a nonprofit organization, and over the past year, we’ve had conversations with a lot of people, from media professors to actuaries, about why we decided to found this organization.  Different people have been excited about possibilities in different areas.  A friend who works in housing advocacy saw possibilities in addressing the subprime mortgage crisis; a law professor saw possibilities in analyzing federal tax policy.  It’s what makes our work exciting—that it can be applicable to so many contexts—but it’s also what makes it difficult to explain in simple terms.

So we’ve decided to follow our grade school English teacher’s advice: “SHOW, don’t tell.”  Instead of trying to describe what we want to do, we hope to demonstrate our information and privacy values through the launch of a new web-based application.

The site will be focused on the issue of healthcare reform, and we will be giving people a new way to voice their support for comprehensive, effective healthcare reform in this country.  It’s an issue that we’re passionate about, and we know other people are passionate about.  Even before the Obama transition team began holding community discussions on healthcare, we’ve been amazed how much people were already talking about healthcare in deeply personal ways.  There is already so much organized energy around this issue, groups and communities working together to accomplish their goals, that we could see a real value to providing a new outlet for that energy.  Although the issue touches upon health, one of the most sensitive and private areas of people’s lives, it’s also an area in which the value of sharing information is so obvious, people have been trying new, imaginative things to make that sharing happen.

So what does all this have to do with “real privacy, more data”?  Stay tuned for more.

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