We spoke about privacy matters on social media in my other page (thanks to Margie Anderson!) and how essential it is to protect it. If you’re like me who often get lost in the “media” and the spider webs I do get rather worried if my metadata is being given away. Surely, I leave some trails, a scent or a DNA of my typos somewhere in this some form of fancy word ‘encryption’. No, I’m not a snail, (though I do move quite slow and I’d love to be able to carry my house and plonk it somewhere in a nice garden). But after being stalked by telemarketers on my phones (especially when I’m about to spoon a lovely salad over dinner!) and so many pop up ads on my screen, I’ve decided that maybe the Big Brother isn’t watching (my big brother would rather do anything but watch me!) but someone else is. Look at those cyber attacks that happened to the hospitals in UK [Major cyberattack paralyzes U.K. health facilities — why your hospital could be next]. To bring us closer to home, well, we’re not affected according to the government [Australian organisations unaffected by global cyber attack: federal government] but again, whom do you trust, really. Put Trump’s phenomena of fake news aside. The threat to our privacy being breached is real. Whether it is accidental or intentional (honestly? the attacker would be so doped to find that my next-to-nothing balance in my bank account is worthless to tap into) but the issue is if they could get into a ‘safe’ and ‘trustworthy’ NSA (that’s National Security Agency), clearly what chance have I got?
Again, if you’re like me who have very little in the bank, I would defend my few pennies to stay there, in the bank. I need my late and there’s enough in the bank to sustain my heavy heads in the morning lectures. So, yes, I’ll defend my few pennies. So, for the sake my few cents, pennies, or yen or whatever, I’d block the bastards off! Ooops. Excuse the language. Anyhow, some smart people like Gabriel Weinber offered us simple steps:
The rest, you know what to do. I found him lurking in Medium Daily Digest. It’s a thingamagic I subscribe to. Mr Weinber’s put it all in simple ways so a slow-head like me can follow. That’s not all. In his site called DuckDuckGo (don’t you just love it?!) he offers more so check it out.
Whilst preparing for one of our assignments on Consolidate and Maintain Industry Knowledge at Victoria Uni on LSA, I realised how much changes have taken place in the libraries in the short span of time. We had a look at different types of libraries such as Public municipality ones such as one at the Dock in South Bank Melbourne, academic ones such as Melbourne Uni Libraries and special libraries like the Parliament Library. Unfortunately we had very limited opportunity so there are so many we just couldn’t fit in our time.
I first visited Melbourne Uni Library 1991. The long rows of books and big book shelves came to mind and the big round humongous desk was sitting in the middle of the ground floor with forever busy librarians attending inquiries, stamping books for loan or doing cataloguing job. The queue was far from short. Students were either asking help on how to search on their essay topics, returning/borrowing books, booking for computers or study rooms, and much much more. There were even queues in front of the computer catalogues, too. Wherever I turned I saw people carrying stacks of books or Cds. Some were carrying laptops but not that many and they were bulky. I remembered thinking how big our muscles were. Jump to April 2017 as I stepped into Baillieu Library on Grattan St Parkville I couldn’t help gasping as the vision I had was far from what it was back then in 1991. It was as if I just stepped out of a time machine. For a start, a machine as high as my waist stands outside the entrance with a sticker saying ‘Please swipe your student/staff card here to access Library.’ We didn’t have that kind of card so no swiping for us.
To be continued.
LaTrobe Uni has very useful article on Copyright in social media, websites and blogs
Internet is not new to me. I first used it in 1990. Yes, it was very new back then and our email contacts were limited to the world of academia, very restricted and rather private. The protocols were quite clear, too. Now leap to 2017 (blame it to the Tardis!) it's no longer easy to be private and for some reasons my email inbox is full of ads. My digital imprint is already stamped and I'd have to fake my death to be invisible now, no matter how hard I try. I have 5 kids and enjoy our privacy. Sadly, this privacy thing has been such a luxury. In the past few years I have been very reluctant to use social media in the effort to remain private. But it looks like if you can't beat 'em, you join 'em!
I am an advocate for privacy. It’s a big battle but we’ve got to start somewhere, haven’t we? So lets have a look at some issues on privacy on social media. Good thing is, clever people have already provided us with their cleverness (Bless them!!!) and I just need to link us to their gold ideas on the topic. Just to remind you, the articles below are not written by me (Yey!) so don’t shoot the messenger but please drop me a line or two for your inputs.
Facebook has important tools on whom you choose to view your posts, how we connect with each other and how we manage our “tags”. Check their Basic Privacy Settings & Tools. Margie Anderson also mentions a very useful site developed by QUT on privacy issues: How to promote, protect and look after yourself online.
Since the arrival of early social networking sites in the early 2000’s, online social networking platforms have expanded exponentially, with the biggest names in social media in the mid-2010s being Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and SnapChat. The massive influx of personal information that has become available online and stored in the cloud has put user privacy at the forefront of discussion of the databases ability to safely store such personal information. The extent to which users and social media platform administrators can access user profiles has become a new topic of ethical consideration and the legality, awareness and boundaries of subsequent privacy violations are critical concerns in the advance of the technological age .
Social network is a social structure made up of a set of social actors (such as individuals or organizations), sets of dyadic ties, and other social interactions between actors. Privacy concerns with social networking services is a subset of data privacy, involving the right of mandating personal privacy concerning storing, re-purposing, provision to third parties, and displaying of information pertaining to oneself via the Internet. Social network security and privacy issues result from the astronomical amounts of information these sites process each day. Features that invite users to participate in—messages, invitations, photos, open platform applications and other applications are often the venues for others to gain access to a user’s private information. In addition, the technologies needed to deal with user’s information may intrude their privacy. More specifically, In the case of Facebook. Adrienne Felt, a Ph.D. candidate at Berkeley, made small headlines last year when she exposed a potentially devastating hole in the framework of Facebook’s third-party application programming interface (API). It made it easier for people to lose their privacy. Felt and her co-researchers found that third-party platform applications on Facebook are provided with far more user information than it is needed. This potential privacy breach is actually built into the systematic framework of Facebook. Unfortunately, the flaws render the system to be almost indefensible. “The question for social networks is resolving the difference between mistakes in implementation and what the design of the application platform is intended to allow,” said David Evans, Assistant Professor of Computer Science at the University of Virginia. Moreover, there is also the question of who should be held responsible for the lack of user privacy? According to Evan, the answer to the question is not likely to be found, because a better regulated API would be required for Facebook “to break a lot of applications, [especially when] a lot of companies are trying to make money off [these] applications.” Felt agrees with her conclusion, because “there are marketing businesses built on top of the idea that third parties can get access to data and user information on Facebook.”
The advent of the Web 2.0 has caused social profiling and is a growing concern for internet privacy. Web 2.0 is the system that facilitates participatory information sharing and collaboration on the Internet, in social networking media websites like Facebook and MySpace. These social networking sites have seen a boom in their popularity starting from the late 2000s. Through these websites many people are giving their personal information out on the internet.
These social networks keep track of all interactions used on their sites and save them for later use. Issues include cyberstalking, location disclosure, social profiling, 3rd party personal information disclosure, and government use of social network websites in investigations without the safeguard of a search warrant.
When you first got to college, social media was probably about sending party invites, posting pictures of your new friends, complaining about tests, meeting dates, and keeping in touch with family back home. Now that you’re getting ready to leave school behind and pursue a business career, education career, criminal justice career, health career, science career – which ever – you will need to reconfigure your social media activity so that future employers and contacts respect you. Here are 50 social media etiquette rules to remember.
Keep these general tips in mind whenever you log on.
These Facebook-specific rules address photos, tagging, and all those applications.
Twitter is addictive, but it also has lots of traps that can lure you into looking unprofessional and lazy.
Grammar and Communication
There are appropriate shortcuts for social media, but don’t go overboard. Otherwise, no one will be able to understand you, and they may think you’re lazy and ignorant.
When it comes time to hunt for new employment or broaden your network, remember these crucial tips for the online job search.
By Steve Ritch and Maggie McGary
Social media has changed the way that we communicate and in turn the way we conduct business. Information that used to take days or weeks to disseminate can now be posted on a site like Facebook and be distributed around the world in seconds.
Likewise, the amount of traffic and information that social media sites produce is astounding. Some of the most recent statistics from the Facebook Press Room in November 2011 illustrate this point. For example, look at the following statistics related to social interactions of the average Facebook user:
This article was not written with the intent to launch into a meaningful discussion about the features or merits of one social networking site verses another. Instead, the reason for this piece is to provide you with tips on the etiquette of social networking. If social networking is so intricately woven into the fabric of our personal and professional lives, then the need for some basic rules of civility could not be any more necessary. The following list of items, although not comprehensive by any means, should provide even a novice user with a good starting point for any social networking context:
Clearly, social networking (social media) sites are here to stay—at least for a while. It only seems natural that with such impressive numbers of users, we should try to reinforce some common sense rules of behavior for the business professional.
This is the post excerpt.
This is my first post. Far from glamorous.
I have just started to navigate my way to the world of sharing. Sharing is caring, says some of my kids’ books. The truth is, in this world of forever sharing on social media, the caring bit on the sharing gets overlooked and often disappears. But that topic will be discussed in my “privacy issues on social media” page. Then there is the ownership of your genuine creativity. It turned out, what’s mine is not always mine in Social Media. Yes, i’ll include the issue off ‘C circle’ too in “Copyright and Social Media” .
I plan to include other topics too. For my indulgence, of course :)☺︎
Books, gardens, libraries, histories, travel stories, science, medical muses, detectives and few more are on my head to include here. Many might be boring, some exciting, some sad and some are just whatever. The last word seems to be the most uttered vocabulary in my ever dynamic household with 5 kids ranging from the inquisitive 6 years old to the ‘know everything therefore hire me’ teenagers. Yes, quietness is a rare thing in our far from static, lifeless or even dull, house. We’re not that far from Werribee Zoo, literally. (the fact is it’s only 10 minutes away from our street. LOL !)
I’ll add more stuff by start a new post maybe later after I feed my zoo. You’ll probably know it soon enough. For now, I’ve included some amateurish snaps of Melbourne. Yes, these are from St Kilda in Summer 2017. Not bad, right? I had to do something more with my under-utilised Iphone, you know. I’m extremely catching up. Being a snail, that takes a lot of energy.
Simple colours. Simple stillness. A little bliss.
What were these people staring at, you asked? No, they weren’t looking at the luxurious yachts when the sun was going down. Not even squinting their eyes on to the other side of the city. It was the tiny little penguins who took their attention. These little fellows have been calling St Kilda home for thousands of years. The yachts, traffic and people around the beach don’t seem to bother them. This is where they have fun. Dig some burrows, venture out to sea, for food and whatever business it is they do, before the sun rises, and back again here right after the sun sets. Simple life. And, thank God, the humans respect them!
There they are! Rest assure that no flash was used and they were well away from us humans’ reach. And, some cool people do go out of their way in order to volunteer and make sure they are protected.
These two kids are oblivious to the busy and very noisy surroundings. In fact, this shot is misleading. It looks still, right? The truth is, behind me, as I was fidgeting about with my Iphone, was extremely noisy with people chilling out in bars, clubs and restaurants. And no, I wasn’t interested in including the background sounds here.