The end of individual privacy with public and private online postiings?
Friday, 8 December 2017
posted at: 00:07
How Caitlyn Jenner is like an emotionally reckless mommy blogger
Watching Emma Watson and Tom Hanks in the Netflix movie The Circle
where Watson's character, Mae, shares every single second of her work and personal life on line by wearing a "SeeChange
" camera 24/7 in a commitment to be transparent and giving up her right to privacy. As she rises through the ranks, she is encouraged by the company's
founder, Eamon Bailey (Tom Hanks), to engage in a groundbreaking
experiment that pushes the boundaries of privacy, ethics and ultimately
her personal freedom. Her participation in the experiment, and every
decision she makes begin to affect the lives and future of her friends,
family and that of humanity.
Is this the way y/our world is going? Will interpersonal interactions and relationships die when there is no space for personal privacy and interpersonal private relationships?
While Mae has entered into this 'voluntary' situation as an adult - how may this influence/violate children's privacy? Where does one's individual autonomy fit into a world where privacy is no longer respected or desired?
Monday, 1 May 2017
posted at: 12:03
Family Privacy Practices: Claire
Careless people are dangerous and immature. Check Gatsby.
The villains in this American tragedy are reckless with other people's emotions. The same is being said of Caitlyn Jenner of the publication of her The Secrets of My Life
. One reviewer calls her "emotionally careless with the women in her life" in "How Caitlyn Jenner
Betrays Her Family in Her New Memoir The Secrets of My Life".
There may be some lessons to be learned for mommy bloggers who want to talk about their families, especially when their children are moving into adulthood.
How does the nature of a family blog change by the very definition of aging and maturing children within the family?
Let's speculate a bit about possible areas related to family for bloggers to explore as their children mature. We could talk about job market and educational opportunities for young adult children, questions associated with their development from home out into the world as they take on more responsibility and independence.
Yet the question is, should the challenges our children face really be the main focus or burning interest of parent bloggers who, in their own lives, face personal challenges associated with this family transition time, as well as questions of aging and personal development and growth.
This is the question of balance. Is this a time to give kids more space and to leave them alone as topic areas in social media? In real life, a mother's relationship with her kids shifts as they grow up. Like it or not, she learns she is not privy to the all the details of a grown child's daily activities, and that it's not up to her to fix all problems and bring happiness. If she were to turn to her blog to write about the child, such ruminations take her in the opposite direction of practicing a mindful letting go and respecting her child's independence.
If the child is successfully making the transition from teen to adulthood, a mother's writing about it can not be really interesting to others who are bound to hear self-satisfaction. Was it was Dostoevsky who pointed out that the most interesting families are unhappy ones? He wrote fiction. In blogs, it's probably a worse gaff to write about how children struggle and suffer. Should they bump into these pages, they're bound to feel betrayed.
Should this time be one where adult children and their parents agree to share their family story, this may be the only time when a blogs are positioned to share family history.
Friday, 24 March 2017
posted at: 19:05
moving to the question of privacy and online practices
My family was always very cautious about what information was put online
was. I imagine much of that fear and tension was cultivated by the
countless chatroom horror stories that dominated the airtime on the 6pm national
news. I was never allowed to go on sites that host chatrooms that match you to
talk to complete strangers by chat, webcam, or both, like Omegle for example. Honestly, I never had a problem with that rule
as a child… those websites freaked me out too, so I was more than happy to stay
away from them. Additionally, we were never to post anything super personal online; like address,
full name, what school we went to, and even, depending on the website, what
city we live in. Again, I think much of this fear stemmed from the abduction stories
that are constantly in the news, and frankly, I don’t blame my parents for
establishing these (totally reasonable) rules… the internet is forever, and it’s
better to be safe than sorry.
In terms of how porous or impermeable these
family-wide disclosure rules were; I believe as I got older, my parents became
less and less involved with my online activities and let me fend for myself …. But
always with the understanding that I would
respect the boundaries in place or face the consequences. If anything would
have ever gone wrong, however, and I found myself in a situation I couldn’t
handle, my family would of course have helped me get out of it, but I always
knew that whatever I did online could have a consequence.
practices have definitely influenced my approach to/opinion on online privacy
and what information should be shared where, if ever. Even on my personal Facebook
I have very limited personal information posted; I purposely decided to omit my
phone number and email as a privacy precaution. Also, I chose to disable automatic
geo-tagging on all of my posts because I didn’t like the thought of anybody on
my friend list to know my exact location at all times. Where my position on
personal privacy differs from my parents is; I chose to restrict access to my
internet persona because of a desire to keep my private life just that…
private, not out of fear of the boogeyman.
Thursday, 23 March 2017
posted at: 15:24
Beth on the Virani article....
What's the right word to describe voluntarily surrendering personal and private information that could be used about or against one? The rather old fashioned word wiretapping continues to be used against 3rd party interventions -- when 3rd parties tap into phone or internet conversations to gain privileged information.
Donald Trump has raised the specter of wiretapping as something done to him although his allegations are often unfounded, floundering and meeting with denial.
Would a word like "open line" best describe the willingness of ordinary citizens to expose their private conversations and information to the online world listening in. Online users who are interested have learned that privacy settings offer limited protection of one's privacy. I might find my picture advertising a product that I have not endorsed or given permission to be used in this manner. Yet, it's happening online daily.
Posting personal pictures is common place on Instagram and Facebook. If I go on Pinterest and reveal objects and products I like, I've also contributed to consumer profiling. In a world where images and information circulates is there any way to slow down or stop this movement that builds from and encourages invasion of privacy?
We're not government officials or folks with high security clearance due to our state level knowledge, so why are we focusing on this and why does it matter? We need to begin to think about protecting personal private information as critical activism. It's difficult to stop the wave that's washing over us and that carries along with it many personal details we would have thought we own.
How not to be maneuvered and how not to participate is the area of strategising that is difficult and most needed.
Telling people not to use technologies that they have come to rely upon is bound to be unpopular or unattractive. Many of us use our cellphones like breathing. To turn them off or leave them at home is like a personal failure. There's a challenge here which is to spread enthusiasm for asking questions about how much we rely on personal information and communication devices. Do I have to have my phone with me all the time? Should I check my messages every few minutes? We are not talking about concentration levels and mental health in a balanced life, we are talking about staying safe in a world where our moves are under surveillance and possibly measured.
We don't want to be a walking demographic - how do we bust out of this positioning?
posted at: 14:37
Beth on the Virani article that cautions about Facebook and privacy loss:
with Facebook’s privacy regulations have been ongoing but I remember distinctly
when the big scare that Salim Virani addresses swept social media. I was always
suspicious of Facebook's privacy settings and how effective they might be, but
assumed that because I don't use my real name, my profile is linked to an old Hotmail account rather than my current email, and I don't have the Facebook app
on my phone, that my information was safe. This clearly isn’t the case,
and it now seems naïve and blindly optimistic to assume that our personal
information won’t be mined for corporate gain, which happens constantly online
Facebook first got called out for sneakily altering their privacy settings a series
of copy and paste disclaimers proclaiming the users autonomy and right to
privacy went viral. The irony of people making a statement against a social
media platform using that very platform didn’t go unnoticed, but more
importantly proved how little control we have when operating within systems
such as Facebook. The brilliance of the social media companies is that they
instil the sense that their “tools” exist to benefit the user, and that they
are simply a benevolent provider. This type of branding can be seen across the
internet and it is probably time we accepted the fact that anything offered for
“free” online is making bank by taking our information, which is worth far more
than a few measly dollars.
friend of mine recently noticed a photo of hers being used for a Vice article.
Vice didn’t ask permission, or even notify her, which they should have done to
maintain any sense of integrity as a publication. But as we all (should) know
any images uploaded to Facebook are public domain and can be used as such. In
the end she harangued the journalist who used her photo and they credited her,
but she didn’t receive a usage fee, and felt pretty strange about not being
I have been on the fence about getting rid of Facebook for quite some
time, and like Clare after reading this article am closer than ever.