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Face of things to come: The philosophy of Facebook

(Credit: Audrey Fukuman, As I predicted, the privacy debate about Facebook came to nothing, as it appears that Facebook growth ACCELERATED in the last month, thereby proving the old adage that ‘any publicity is good publicity’. The bottom line is that the vast majority of Facebook’s users really don’t care enough about the privacy […]

23 June 2010 at 13:00 - Comments

Recent press coverage: Interviews in Business & Finance, and Irish Independent

A few links to a couple of interviews I’ve given recently, with thanks to Adam Maguire and John Costello. Technorati Tags: facebook,psychology,interview,psychbook

21 June 2010 at 22:54 - Comments

Nessa Childers and Facebook: the heart of the matter

The irony of MEP Nessa Childers recent statement on Facebook and regulation is that, while stating that ‘we can present on Facebook an unreal and flawless version of ourselves’, (which studies show does not happen in practice), and attempting to put herself across as an expert on the topic, she has exposed herself as acutely […]

31 May 2010 at 17:35 - Comments
Hi, Thanks for your blog post but I did not call for a ban or restriction. You…
3 June 10 at 10:03
Nessa, I appreciate your reply to my post, and I stress that I acknowledge that you, like I, have…
3 June 10 at 11:55

RTE Radio 1, Sunday Forum

An email I sent in to the Sunday Forum on RTE Radio 1 got picked up by Myles Dungan. The show was discussing Facebook and internet privacy issues: Sunday Forum May 30th and Sunday Forum May 30th – 2 The question was basically, can traditional ethics and morality keep pace with technology?   To which I answered: […]

31 May 2010 at 15:30 - Comments

Why Facebook’s privacy policy doesn’t work: We’re not in college anymore

It’s pretty simple what’s going on, now that I’ve had a chance to think. Facebook’s ethos is ‘radical transparency’ Everything should be shared All information should be free We should share all our information This would make us all equal This is why: we have the News Feed the privacy default is public Facebook is built […]

19 May 2010 at 12:21 - Comments