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

Money and an Inadequate Sense of Self Worth

first_imgThe waiter that was serving my family lunch in a nice New York City restaurant started chatting with us after dinner. He asked where we were from, and I told him that we were from Columbus, Ohio. That was close enough to Cleveland for my waiter to bring up politics, noting that the Republican convention is hosted in Cleveland this year.The waiter then said, “I hate Trump. He’s awful.” I told him that I don’t share my politics with many people, but that it was a safe bet that I wasn’t voting for any candidate whose name he would recognize. But he continued on, insisting that he share his politics with me.After sharing his political philosophies and his opinion on all the candidates, he said, “I just had to move because I couldn’t afford to live in the City. Rent is too high, and we are having a baby.” I congratulated him on the baby as he handed me the check. Then he said, “I am voting for Bernie Sanders. Minimum wage needs to be raised to $15.00 an hour.” I tipped him $36.00 for serving my family and me over the prior hour while he espoused his preferred candidate’s virtues. My wife looked over my shoulder to see what I tipped him, worrying that his decision to share his politics was going to negatively impact his tip (it didn’t). His beliefs do provide a lesson, however.Money MotivatedThe amount of money you make is determined by two things, your desire to make money and your ability to create value.Some people create very little value but desire money so much that they are willing to do almost anything to gain it, even though they create no real value. Doing whatever it takes and not creating any value normally only results in money if you are a criminal. Or if you work without having any skin in the game (see Nicholas Nassim Taleb for more on this idea).Some people create massive value for other people, and their desire for money is great enough that they make significant money—even though their desire is a mere fraction of the hunger of the aforementioned group of non-value creators who simply love and live for money.There are some value creators who should make more money but simply lack the desire. This is true even when there is a market for the value they create for others. Because they don’t want money, they don’t have money.It is possible to find a healthy balance between desire and value creation. How much money is enough is different for different people.What is unhealthy is a belief that the only way you can make more money is to expect some entity to require someone else to give you more money. The belief that you are entitled to more money without the willingness to create enough value to deserve it is “entitlement.”Believing you can’t make more money because you can’t create more value is a massively self-limiting belief. And it isn’t true, regardless of your politics.You are worth more money as soon as you decide that you are and as soon as you start creating greater value. This works for people of every political persuasion, including those of us without a political affiliation.last_img read more

Custos Perrin Ready to Make an Impact

first_imgNew Custos Rotulorum for the parish of Westmoreland, Canon Hartley Perrin, has ascended to the high office with great vision and prospects for the parish and its citizens.The Anglican Dean and Past President of the Westmoreland Lay Magistrates Association has an outstanding record of service in the parish, spanning more than 30 years, but feels that with his new position, he can make an even more significant impact.As the Governor-General’s representative in Westmoreland, Canon Perrin has the awesome task of assisting in the maintenance of good order and discipline in the parish, and upholding the rule of law. He is also keeper of the roll of Justices of the Peace (JPs), with responsibility for leading the large contingent of lay magistrates, and ensuring that they are “steadfastly focused” on their duties.The new Custos said that among his immediate tasks is to ensure that JPs and citizens are continuously trained in the understanding, acceptance and practice of the concept of dispute resolution. He noted that it is “crucially important” to get more persons to accept the fact that more could be gained by sitting down to talk out a problem rather than by “fighting it out”.Canon Perrin said he also intends to spearhead action that will bring unity and collaboration among the various civic organisations and groups; help showcase the parish’s rich heritage and history in tourism and agriculture; and ensure that citizens have ready access to their JPs.He cautioned JPs against engaging in acts of corruption, pledging to stamp out the scourge where this exists, and build an enhance professionalism and integrity, as well as standards of excellence and honour.He warned the JPs that they will be penalized if caught accepting money for services rendered. “I wish to state unequivocally that this Custos condemns any such practice and will initiate appropriate action to stamp out any such practice wherever they may exist in this parish. I therefore demand your full cooperation in this matter. A word to the wise is sufficient,” he stated.Affectionately called ‘Father Perrin,’ the new Custos is regarded as the consummate community worker/servant, having impacted hundreds of lives in his home community of Petersfield and adjoining areas for over 30 years.He was among seven residents recently hailed as local heroes for outstanding contributions to the development of the parish.Canon Perrin, who was raised by a single mother, attended a private preparatory school where he gained a scholarship to Manning’s High School. At Mannings, he successfully passed his external examinations, which qualified him to work as a pre-trained teacher at Petersfield Primary and Infant School.After four years at Petersfield, he decided to enter the priesthood and attended the United Theological College of the West Indies (UTCWI), where he underwent four years of intense preparations for his calling.“That calling on my life is still very current, and I would not want to change to be anything else than what I am right now; a priest,” he said.After graduating from the UTCWI in 1978, he was assigned to St. Mary’s Church in Kingston, before being posted to his parish, where he thought he would serve for no more than a “year or two”.Thirty-four years and counting, Canon Perrin is still serving the people of his home parish, gaining their respect and support. “I have been enjoying the journey, and truly making inroads in transforming lives in my area of service,” he pointed out.Since 1979, he has been Rector of the Petersfield/Darliston Cure, which consists of five churches. He has been called on to preach in the United States, Canada, Africa and the Caribbean.The new Custos also chairs several school boards in Westmoreland, is president of the Lion’s Club of Savanna-la-Mar, station pastor for the Whithorn Police Station, vice-chairman of the Westmoreland Parish Health Committee, member of the Governor- General’s Committee for Excellence and chairman of the board of Clifton Boys’ Home.He has received various awards for his service, including the the Prime Minister’s Medal of Appreciation for service to Jamaica in June 2003.Looking back at what he has been able to accomplish, Canon Perrin feels satisfied that he has impacted countless lives, and has accomplished his mandate to serve his parishoners.“I feel proud of my service to the people, especially when I see those whose lives I have been able to touch, both young and older ones, holding their own in society and making great contributions to the enhancement and empowerment of those around them, for me it is mission accomplished,” he told JIS News.Looking ahead, he said that he has accepted the high office of Custos with sincere humility and great expectations. He is confident that God had plans for other avenues and opportunities where he could render service so that he can continue to make a positive contribution.last_img read more

$185 Million for Renovation of Facilities to House Juveniles

first_imgThe Government has earmarked some $185 million for the renovation of remand facilities and police stations to house juveniles.This is among several measures recently approved by Cabinet, following a submission from the joint Inter-Ministerial Working Group set up to review and improve the welfare of children in state care.Of the amount, approximately $110 million has been set aside to undertake works at the South Camp Road Rehabilitation Centre in Kingston to facilitate an exclusive remand area for girls.Minister of National Security, Hon. Peter Bunting, who outlined details of the undertaking at a press conference on Monday, May 27, at Jamaica House, informed that work is expected to commence shortly and is slated for completion by the end of September.He noted that the renovation of the centre will entail, among other things, the provision of classroom space to accommodate various types of remedial training, and art and drama programmes.Meanwhile, Youth and Culture Minister, Hon. Lisa Hanna, announced that $75 million is to be spent to commence work on the first five of 14 police stations across 12 parishes.The stations are located at Barrett Town, St. James; Moneague, St. Ann; Bridgeport, St. Catherine; Nain, St. Elizabeth; and Four Paths, Clarendon.The project will be carried out by the Ministry of Transport, Works and Housing through the Jamaica Emergency Employment Programme (JEEP) Secretariat. The allocation will also be used to upgrade facilities at the Rio Cobre Correctional Centre for Boys in St. Catherine.Work on the remaining nine police stations will commence at a later date. These are located at Frome, Westmoreland; Stewart Town, Trelawny; King’s Vale, Hanover; Castleton, St. Mary; Manchioneal, Portland; Porus, Manchester; Central Village, St. Catherine; and Admiral Town, Kingston; and in St. Thomas, at either the Trinityville or Cedar Valley police station.The Inter-Ministerial Working Group has also recommended the provision of additional staff for the Office of the Children’s Advocate (OCA), to enable the regular inspection and monitoring of juveniles in correctional centres.Additionally, a pool of specialists, including psychiatrists and psychologists will be put in to place to deal with children, who have serious psycho-social and psychological issues. They will work with the Department of Correctional Services (DCS), Child Development Agency (CDA), and the OCA.Parents of children, who are detained, will also be required to participate in a structured development programme, which will provide support for them as well as their parents.Additionally, it is mandated that a standard assessment and care plan must be completed for all children entering the juvenile justice system. This plan must include risk assessment, detoxification, medical screening, referral to specialists, psychiatric/psychological assessment and counselling, education needs, and scheduling of case management.It is also suggested that the OCA and the CDA be immediately notified, once a child is remanded at a police station, so that he/she is not held there for more than 48 hours. A liaison officer from the CDA is to be appointed at each station for this purpose.The joint group Inter-Ministerial Working Group, which Minister Hanna convened last September, comprises representatives from several Ministries and agencies, including the Ministries of Youth and Culture; Justice; National Security and Education.Contact: Athaliah Reynolds-Bakerlast_img read more