public space

What Is Privacy?

Earlier this week, Anil Dash wrote a smart piece unpacking the concept of “public.” He opens with some provocative questions about how we imagine the public, highlighting how new technologies that make heightened visibility possible. For example,

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Tweeting Teens Can Handle Public Life

Alice Marwick and I co-authored this piece for The Guardian.

The Press Complaints Commission in the UK has now ruled that there is no “reasonable expectation” of privacy on Twitter.

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Facebook's Move Ain't about Changes in Privacy Norms

When I learned that Mark Zuckerberg effectively argued that 'the age of privacy is over' (read: ReadWriteWeb), I wanted to scream. Actually, I did. And still am. The logic goes something like this:

 

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Sociality Is Learning

This post was originally written for the DML Central Blog. If you're interested in Digital Media and Learning, you definitely want to check this blog out.

As adults, we take social skills for granted... until we encounter someone who lacks them. Helping children develop social skills is viewed as a reasonable educational endeavor in elementary school, but by high school, educators switch to more "serious" subjects.

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Shooting the Messenger

by: Jonathan Salem Baskin

Late last month, Virgin Atlantic fired 13 flight attendants for making disparaging comments about safety and passengers in a Facebook forum. British Airways followed a few days later to punish employees who posted references to travelers as "smelly" and "annoying."

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Tell Me about My Flight

by: Jonathan Salem Baskin

Heathrow’s new terminal five will utilize 333 billboards and 207 flat screen TVs to barrage each visitor with 50 to 200 ads. One of the billboards already crows that the display company and airport operators are "...bringing the world's best brands and audiences together."

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Why the Net Won't Turn Us All into Social Isolationists

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Zebra Crossing Memorial

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Postal Chairs - how to humanize a privately owned public space

by: Sebastian Campion

In a conceptual protest against the privately owned public spaces in New York City, members of the Graffiti Research Lab came up with a way of making these non-spaces a bit more user-friendly.

Inspired by the FedexFurniture project, the GRL team created a bunch of chairs, made of free-of-charge US postal mail boxes and brought them to one of the locations in question.

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