Zuckerberg Speaks! New Privacy Settings Coming to Facebook (But no Rollbacks)

first_imgFacebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… sarah perez Tags:#Facebook#Features#NYT#privacy#security#Trends#web The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos But you don’t have to go that far to see the potential dangers of an over-sharing user base who thinks they’re penning short missives that will only be read by a closed group of friends. For example: these people are talking about doing the drug salvia, these people prefer smoking pot, these women are cheating on their husband (or are being cheated on by him), these people hate their boss, these people just came out of the closet, these people hate gays, these people are either joking or serious about being an alcoholic, these people are taking an HIV test, and so on. (Click through on those links and you’ll find full names and photos to accompany each status update. We won’t publish specific examples here, however). Outside of a handful of exhibitionists, the people cited above likely believe what they’re sharing is private. They are mistaken.And what will easier privacy settings do for these people, these, the unconcerned mainstream masses that are the bulk of Facebook’s 400-plus million active users? The answer is nothing because they don’t even know their privacy is being violated to begin with. They don’t know the recommended settings Facebook prompted users to accept starting late last year made everything of consequence public from status updates to photos. They don’t know that their likes are now public. They don’t know that their thoughts are indexed by new, public-facing search engines like OpenBook, OneRiot and Booshaka. And they won’t care until something bad happens. Bad, as in “losing one’s job, losing one’s health insurance, losing one’s parental rights, losing one’s relationships, etc.” writes boyd, offering more down-to-earth suggestions of potential damages. Missing the Point: Damage Has Been Done To those who don’t follow privacy issues on Facebook closely, the Zuckerberg letter appears to address the issue well enough – Easier privacy tools are coming? Great! – but that misses the point. What’s more important is what’s not being said. Reading between the lines, it’s clear that Facebook is not rolling back any of its previous changes. It’s not resetting people’s profiles to “private”; it’s not switching off the “instant personalization” feature; it’s not changing to an opt-in model. And while Facebook won’t confirm that this is the case, (on the record, that is), it’s obvious to anyone who’s clued in to Facebook’s overall agenda what’s going on here: Zuckerberg will have his way. He will see his vision realized. At the end of day, the net effect of all this “openness” may, in fact, be a better world. But getting there will be hard, and people’s lives may be damaged in the process. Do those affected have only themselves to blame for putting thoughts online that should have remained in their heads? Perhaps. But Facebook once told its users it was a safe place to share these things.. .and sadly, many people believed that was true. Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Audit Related Posts Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg penned a public statement about Facebook privacy issues and what’s being done about that issue by way of an article published in today’s Washington Post. In the brief, carefully crafted mea culpa, Zuckerberg addresses the ongoing privacy backlash the site is now facing: “We just missed the mark,” he wrote, referring to the overly complex, granular privacy settings and controls that offer toggles for everything from search engine visibility to whether or not your photo albums can be seen by your boss. What wasn’t addressed, however, was why the need for clearer, easier-to-use privacy settings became such an urgent matter in the first place. And that is at the core of Facebook’s steamroller approach to forcing people into public sharing, a corporate philosophy that seems less about impact to its bottom line and more about fulfilling Zuckerberg’s personal vision for a more social Web: “If people share more, the world will become more open and connected,” he writes in the article. “And a world that’s more open and connected is a better world.” New Privacy Settings ComingIf we take a big-picture view of the issue at hand, an “open and connected” world may indeed be a better one. But in the harsh light of everyday reality, the situation isn’t as rosy. As social media researcher danah boyd (yes, lower case is how she writes her name) notes in a recent blog post, “Zuckerberg doesn’t know how to resolve the positive (and in his head inevitable) outcomes of transparency with the possible challenges of surveillance.” Taking it to the extreme, she points to an example of the dangerous outcomes: “When a father in Saudi Arabia caught his daughter interacting with men on Facebook, he killed her.” (The example was pulled from the upcoming book, “The Facebook Effect,” by David Kirkpatrick, an inside account about Facebook’s creation.) last_img read more

IT Support Requests Rise Even As Companies Cut Help Desk Spending

first_img3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now Tags:#enterprise#Trends IT + Project Management: A Love Affair Related Posts Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo…center_img According to the 2010 Practices & Salary Report from HDI, an IT service and technical support membership association, 67% of the IT help desks surveyed reported an increased number of support requests in 2010. Roughly the same number reported an increase in 2009. Meanwhile, a report from Computer Economics shows that spending on help desk support has decreased. Patrick Thibodeau covered both reports for computerworld.com.What might be causing the increase? The increased number of reports might be partially due to improved data collection as companies try to consolidate and centralize help desk resources and provide a single point of contact, Thibodeau reports. However, it could also have to do with increased complexity for end users as they try to connect more devices to the enterprise network. We’ve written frequently about how enterprises are permitting more user-owned devices.Thibodeau writes:For those organizations reporting an increase in help desk calls, about 41% attributed the uptick to infrastructure or product changes, upgrades or conversions; 26% cited expanded service offerings by the support center; and 22.5% said they have more customers, according to the HDI study.The implication is that organizations are cutting end-user support while introducing new technologies. As IT spending is growing and systems are being upgraded or replaced, users may be left behind. Gartner predicts IT spending will continue to grow modestly in 2011.Managers may be forgetting that while new technologies may be simpler in the long run, employees need a lot of hand-holding to get used to the changes. Thibodeau mentions technologies such as desktop virtualization as paths to reduce IT support requests. But if users have to look for their applications somewhere else, it’s going to cause confusion initially.One thing that isn’t apparent from Thibodeau’s coverage is how well help desks are able to keep up with the increased requests. It could be that there’s actually very little problems, or that things will die down as users get used to the new systems and budget cuts are justified.What do you think? Should enterprises be cutting spending on end-user support?Photo by The Trial klint finley Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of…last_img read more

Phoolka to resign if Badal not booked

first_imgSenior Aam Aadmi Party leader H.S. Phoolka on Saturday said that he would resign as MLA from the Punjab Assembly if cases are not registered against former Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal and former Director General of Police Sumedh Singh Saini for their alleged role in the two incidents of police firing at Behbal Kalan and Kotkapura that had led to deaths and injuries in the wake of desecrations.“Cabinet Ministers Navjot Singh Sidhu, Sukhjinder Randhawa, Manpreet Singh Badal, Charanjit Singh Channi and Tript Rajinder Singh Bajwa should put pressure on the Congress-led government to get Parkash Singh Badal and Sumedh Singh Saini booked and then let the Special Investigation Team probe the entire matter. If they cannot do it then they should resign from their posts,” said Mr. Phoolka, adding that he would be the first to quit, if by September 15 Mr. Badal and Mr. Saini are not made accused in the police firing cases.The Justice (retd) Ranjit Singh Commission, probing the Kotkapura and Behbal Kalan police firing incident of 2015, which followed the Bargari sacrilege incident, in its report had said that Mr. Badal was “quite aware” of the situation.last_img read more

MLB honors school shooting victims with special caps

first_img“You can’t put it into words,” he said, fighting back tears. “I think it’s great what Major League Baseball is doing to show support for our community and our school. It’s been a rough week and just being out here … (gives me) a sense of freedom.”Teams had the option of wearing he caps, which are black with “SD” in block letters, during the games or only during warmups. Both the Astros and Nationals wore them during Friday’s game.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutMLB ordered more than 2,500 of the caps from New Era, league spokesman Steven Arrocho said. Many teams will have players sign them, and they will be auctioned to benefit the victims and families affected by the shooting.Stoneman Douglas, which won a state title in 2016, counts several baseball players as alumni, led by Cubs star Anthony Rizzo. He left camp in Arizona to return to Parkland the day after the shooting, gave an emotional speech at a candlelight vigil and later visited victims in the hospital. He wasn’t in the lineup for Chicago’s game on Friday, but wore the hat bearing his high school’s initials while working out. Read Next FBI probe docs list range of payments to top college basketball players Marlins players and staff wore maroon shirts that read “MSDSTRONG,” and CEO Derek Jeter mingled with the teams and posed for selfies with some players. The revered former New York Yankees shortstop drew on his experience in dealing with 9/11, telling players that they can help the community heal.“When I was in New York playing after September 11, obviously you’ll never forget what happened, but at least for those three hours we gave people something they could cheer for,” Jeter said. “We appreciated that and we sort of took that and ran with it as an organization. I think a lot of times professional sports teams, sports teams in general, can help distract people, so to speak.”Before the first pitch, the Marlins and Cardinals observed 17 seconds of silence in memory of the victims. Douglas players and coaches watched from seats behind home plate.“In Parkland, there’s not a lot of smiles,” said Dustin Brian, Connor’s father and a former Douglas assistant coach. “That’s why I think this is so cool, getting them away from the community.”At the New York Yankees’ opener against Detroit, both teams lined up along the foul lines for a moment of silence before the game. A flickering candle was shown on the left-field video board.“You know a community is hurting right now,” Yankees manager Aaron Boone said. “Baseball sometimes can play a part in helping with the healing process.”Back at Astros camp, Hinch said he hopes wearing the caps would let those affected by the shooting know that they’re thinking about them.“The only thing we can do is bring some recognition and offer our support,” Hinch said. “I think around baseball we have heavy hearts that we even have to do this because of the tragedy that happened. For us to wear their hats, for us to tell them that we’re on their side is our way to kind of galvanize everybody, get everybody together in one setting and let them know they’re not alone.”Nineteen-year-old Nikolas Cruz, a former student at the school, has been jailed on 17 counts of murder, and authorities said he has confessed to the shooting.“We’re not going to let one individual define who we are,” Fitz-Gerald said. “That’s it. That’s the bottom line … our responsibility is to be strong for our community. And our baseball program has a long tradition of success and we owe it to the students, we owe it to the community to represent them and give them something to be proud about.” Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC 2 dead in California school attack; gunman shoots self PLAY LIST 03:122 dead in California school attack; gunman shoots self00:50Trending Articles01:42Police: California school shooting took 16 seconds01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City MOST READ Pussycat Dolls set for reunion tour after 10-year hiatus View comments LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. AFP official booed out of forum John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Both Fitz-Gerald and his son Hunter, a junior, were on campus during the shooting, in which 14 students and three teachers were slain. The elder Fitz-Gerald wore a crisp white shirt that was adorned with the words “Douglas Strong” as he chatted with Astros manager A.J. Hinch and several other players and coaches during morning workouts. He and Hunter accompanied Houston general manager Jeff Luhnow on the field before the game to hoist the World Series trophy.Down the road in Jupiter, Florida, the rest of the Stoneman Douglas baseball team as well as the school’s softball team were guests of the Marlins before their game against the St. Louis Cardinals.“It’s helping us feel better and it shows that we are one big family,” Douglas center fielder Ryan Shinko said. “It’s not just us.”Douglas pitcher Connor Brian, a senior who will play baseball at Middle Tennessee State next season, had the names of all 17 victims written on the bill of his cap.“It just gives me a remembrance when I’m pitching to do it for them,” Brian said.ADVERTISEMENT LOOK: Iya Villania meets ‘Jumanji: The Next Level’ cast in Mexico Washington Nationals pitcher Tim Collins wears the cap of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Eagles baseball team before the start of an exhibition spring training baseball game against the Houston Astros Friday, Feb. 23, 2018, in West Palm Beach, Fla. Players around the league are wearing the caps to remember the victims of a shooting at the school last week. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School baseball coach Todd Fitz-Gerald and his sons were guests of the Houston Astros for their spring opener against the Washington Nationals on Friday as Major League Baseball honored victims of the school shooting in Parkland, Florida, by having its teams wear caps with the school’s initials.Fitz-Gerald said it was a “relief” to get back to the sport he loves and to stop thinking, at least for a moment, about the Valentine’s Day mass shooting that left 17 people dead and more than a dozen others wounded.ADVERTISEMENT Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Families in US enclave in north Mexico hold sad Thanksgiving Google honors food scientist, banana ketchup inventor and war hero Maria Orosalast_img read more

Consistency in T20s is a tall order for a batsman: Manan Vohra

first_imgKings XI Punjab’s Manan Vohra, who struck a 95-run knock against Sunrisers Hyderabad in a losing cause, said it is a tall order for any batsman to be consistent in the Twenty20 format.”I think it is a lot because we don’t have much time to focus. We don’t have many balls to get our eye in. So, it’s very important that we just keep backing ourselves in whatever situation we are in. It is very difficult to maintain consistency in this shorter format,” the 23-year-old Vohra told reporters ahead KXIP’s clash against Sunrisers Hyderabad in Mohali on Friday.After restricting Sunrisers to a modest 159 in Hyderabad, KXIP were bowled out for 154 despite Vohra’s 50-ball 95-run knock.KXIP, who are yet to lift the IPL title, have to win most of their remaining games if they fancy their chances of reaching the play-offs.With KXIP to play four home games in Mohali, Vohra said the hosts will look to reverse their fortunes.Punjab won their last game against Gujarat Lions, but Vohra failed to impress in that match.”Playing in home ground is always a good feeling, the crowd will be supporting us over here. The last game (against Hyderabad) was very close for us, this time around we will like to change the fortune and make it in our favour,” he said.Talking about South African import Hashim Amla, Vohra said, “It has been a great experience, I have been very lucky to bat along side him. He is a legend of the game. He has been telling me a lot and giving valuable tips.advertisementlast_img read more

Bulletproof Vest Saves Cop’s Life

first_imgStory Highlights Twenty-seven-year-old police constable Craig Kyle* is expressing gratitude for the upgraded ballistic vests provided to the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) one of which saved his life during a police operation last July.“I have to say that I am truly grateful to the Government for (these) provisions,” Constable Kyle tells JIS News.The vests are of a different make and model than those previously used by members of the force, fitting closer and covering a larger portion of the upper body.The one being worn by Kyle was able to effectively absorb the impact of a bullet, one of several fired at him, protecting him from serious injury and even death, during the police operation on July 22, 2017 to apprehend wanted Hanover man, Sadan Mullings.Mullings, otherwise known as ‘Saddam’, was wanted for at least 15 murders in the western parishes of the island, including the reported murder of four people at a cookshop in Bath, Westmoreland, on March 18 last year.Recounting the events leading up to the shooting, Constable Kyle recalls that he was on routine duties assigned to him by superiors early in the morning when a call came in that the wanted man was in the community of Petersfield in the parish.“I was driving, and I had three other colleagues with me. We came up on a 1989 station wagon… . We turned on the siren and signalled to the driver to pull over. The vehicle began accelerating, and we pursued and continued to signal to the driver to stop,” he says.Constable Kyle says he alerted his colleagues that the driver, identified as Sadan Mullings, was in possession of a firearm.“By the time I shouted ‘gun’, shots just started to ring out. I could see a bright light coming from the muzzle of the gun and I heard the smashing of glass and I started to feel the impact from one of the bullets (as it hit the vest),” he says.He tells JIS News that the bullet-riddled police vehicle grounded to a halt while Mr. Mullings sped off in the station wagon.The police reported that they recovered an Uzi submachine gun and a Glock pistol from that incident.Another fierce gun battle would ensue sometime after 8:00 a.m. that day, which eventually led to the fatal shooting of Mr. Mullings in the community of Whitehouse.In a JIS News interview early last month, following the ceremony to break ground for a new police station in Port Maria, then National Security Minister, Hon. Robert Montague, said his Ministry had procured 4,500 ballistic vests and 3,500 ballistic helmets, which have all been distributed to members of the JCF.“When I became Minister, the ballistic vests that the police officers used to wear were two years past their expiry date,” he noted.Mr. Montague informed that he met with Constable Kyle, who had thanked him for the vests, “because if he had not been wearing (it) the shot he had received to his chest would have been fatal.” The one being worn by Kyle was able to effectively absorb the impact of a bullet, one of several fired at him, protecting him from serious injury and even death, during the police operation on July 22, 2017 to apprehend wanted Hanover man, Sadan Mullings. “I was driving, and I had three other colleagues with me. We came up on a 1989 station wagon… . We turned on the siren and signalled to the driver to pull over. The vehicle began accelerating, and we pursued and continued to signal to the driver to stop,” he says. Twenty-seven-year-old police constable Craig Kyle* is expressing gratitude for the upgraded ballistic vests provided to the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) one of which saved his life during a police operation last July.last_img read more