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FTC’s digital privacy report has welcome recommendations

This article first appeared in the San Jose Mercury News by Larry Magid The Federal Trade Commission’s final report on digital privacy contains some very welcome recommendations. The recently released report, title “Protecting Consumer Privacy in an Era of Rapid Change,” looks at challenges consumers face in “today’s world of smart phones, smart grids, and […]

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How to control Facebook app privacy

by Larry Magid Facebook is more than a social network. It’s also a platform that allows independent developers to create applications, or “apps” that greatly expand what the service can offer. Games, including social games like  Words with Friends, are very popular, but there are also education apps, photo sharing apps, apps to share interesting reading material, music apps and much more. […]

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Kony 2012: A lesson in critical thinking

It seems that just about everyone is talking about the Kony 2012 video that’s received more than 70 million views since it was posted last week.  It’s part of a campaign by the non-profit group Invisible Children to bring awareness to the evil deeds of rebel leader Joseph Kony who’s Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) has been terrorizing Ugandans and […]

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FOSI Qatar conference: Child online protection involves tensions between regulation and free flow of information

I’m in the Persian Gulf state of Qatar for a two-day conference where representatives of government, non-profits and businesses from throughout the Middle East will join their counterparts from other regions to discuss “Promoting Online Safety and Cyber Ethics in the Middle East.” The conference is run by the Washington-based Family Online Safety Institute (FOSI) along with […]

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Lady Gaga on right track with youth empowerment and kindness

This post is adapted and expanded from one that appeard in the San Jose Mercury News on March 5, 2012 by Larry Magid There has been a lot of work over the past few years to combat online and offline bullying. Olweus Bullying Prevention Program has been providing great resources for years. The Gay, Lesbian, […]

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A good start on digital privacy

This post appeared in the San Jose Mercury News on February 27, 2012 by Larry Magid I might be overly optimistic, but I hope this will be remembered as the month digital privacy rights finally started to become real. Last Wednesday, California Attorney General Kamala Harris announced anagreement with Apple, Google, Microsoft, Amazon, Hewlett-Packard and Research In Motion that […]

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Facebook users becoming more privacy savvy

By Larry Magid When it comes to social media privacy, there is some good news from the Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project. It shows that Americans are increasingly thinking about their own privacy and reputation management. Which, at the end of the day, is the most protective factor of all. A new report, Privacy […]

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Want to lose your privacy? There’s an app for that

by Larry Magid OK, I’m going to say it — mobile phone apps are scary. Sure, they do a lot of very cool things, but when it comes to violating personal privacy, I’m afraid to say “there’s an app for that.” This reality became incredibly clear a couple of weeks ago when it was revealed […]

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Google+ now open for teens, with extra safety precautions

When Google launched Google+ in June, 2010, it was for adults only. Now it’s open to anyone 13 or older.  The reason Google kept teens off the service at first is not because the social network was ever about what we euphemistically call “adult content,” but because Google wanted to take extra time to get it right before […]

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5 ways to protect yourself if you were zapped by Zappos breach

As you may have heard, Zappos announced that it experienced a data breach on Sunday. In an email to customers, the online shoe and clothing retailer that’s owned by Amazon said “there may have been illegal and unauthorized access to some of your customer account information on Zappos.com.” Comprised data includes:   your name e-mail address billing and shipping addresses phone […]

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