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Google may feature adults in ads (unless you opt-out)

Users under-18 will not be featured in “shared endorsement” ads How would you like to star in an advertisement?  Well, now’s your chance. Only don’t expect some lucrative endorsement contract or to be wined and dined and treated like a celebrity by companies seeking your endorsement. Instead, it just might happen automatically if you +1 […]

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Parents can help prevent cyberbullying

While bullying has been around forever, there was no such thing as cyberbullying until about 20 years ago when people discovered the ability to use technology to display their mean, cruel, annoying and generally negative side. And since the late 1990s we’ve seen lots of stories about the “epidemic” of cyberbullying among young people. But as […]

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Facebook to no longer let you opt-out of being found via search

Click for Larry Magid’s 1-minute CBS News & CNET segment about Facebook dropping the search setting Facebook has eliminated a setting called  “Who can look up your Timeline by name?,” which controlled whether you could be found when people typed your name into the Facebook search bar. In a blog post, Facebook’s chief privacy officer […]

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Beware of the Internet Safety Industrial Complex

By Larry Magid I got a call recently from a woman who works for a company that makes an app designed to “keep kids safe” by enabling parents to monitor their texts and social media activities. The pitch included some dire statistics such as “70% of kids are cyberbullied” and — like other companies that […]

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Author behind ‘Mean Girls’ focuses on ‘boy world’ (podcast)

by Larry Magid This post first appeared on CNET News.com Rosalind Wiseman is known for writing “Queen Bees and Wannabes,” a book about teenage girls that was the basis for the movie “Mean Girls.” But now she’s focused on boys. Her new book, “Masterminds and Wingmen,” is something of a user manual for parents of […]

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Cybersecurity is everyone’s business

October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month Listen to Larry Magid’s 1-minute CBS News/CNET Tech Talk on Cybersecurity Awareness Month with Michael Kaiser I wish it were possible to simply delegate cybersecurity to the “big guys.”  Why not just let the government and big companies handle it? If only it were that easy.  While it […]

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ADL and Facebook sponsor panel on free speech, civility and the challenge of cyberhate

Facebook on Wednesday hosted an  Anti-Defamation League program on “Free Speech, Civility and the Challenge of Cyberhate” to  address the issue of hate online hate speech. The panel was moderated by ADL Civil Rights Director Deborah Lauter and included privacy and Internet law expert Christopher Wolf, Susan Benesch, Faculty Associate at the Berkman Center for […]

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Cyber Security Awareness Month’s Michael Kaiser: ‘We’re all connected’ (podcast)

(This post first appeared on CNET News.com) October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month — a time when the tech industry, government, businesses, and consumers focus on staying safe online. I admit that there are lots of of days, weeks, and months on the calendar to recognize just about anything laudable, but October is as […]

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Can Google kill the tracking cookie?

I usually don’t write about rumors, but reports that Google may be working on a replacement for tracking cookies is worth speculating about because it can have enormous implications when it comes to our online privacy. There are reports that Google is working on something called AdID which would transmit anonymous user data to advertisers who agree […]

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Most online adults know they’re not anonymous but take steps to protect privacy

A recent survey from the Pew Research Center found at the more than a fifth (21%) of adults have had an email or social media account hijacked and more than a tenth (11%) have had information important information stolen, such as a social security number, credit card or bank account numbers. The report, Anonymity, Privacy, and […]

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