Social Media


Germany’s Network Enforcement Act: A Wurst Case Scenario

EUGENE –  Typically known for more stringent laws around speech than other western democracies, Germany’s latest push back against the use of social media for inciting violence and sharing extremist messages raises big questions on effectiveness, jurisdiction and legality.

On the heels of the recent Facebook Files leaks, which document the ways ICTs moderate content, new […]

Facebook Town Hall Feature Trades Privacy for Efficacy

// In the wake of the 2016 election, Facebook unveils Town Hall. The new feature will ‘strengthen the online community’ by connecting users to the elected officials that represent them. If keeping users on-site to create marketable data is in Facebook’s best interest, can Town Hall really deliver? Will the ad platform use Town Hall data for targeting? Who […]

Square Pegs in Round Holes: Facebook Real Name Reporting Policy

// This is a follow up to a previous article on Facebook’s Real Name Policy, “Pseudonyms: Not Who You Share With, But Who You Share As”

Back in early October, I wrote a lengthy piece on pseudonymity online – the way we assume multiple identities based on context. Just like you may act and speak differently with close friends than you would at work, so too (generally) goes conduct online. This is accomplished through usernames, avatars, and other privacy tools. […]

Mad Max: Schrems on Security, Safe Harbor

Every now and then a story comes along that reminds us just how global the internet really is – one that reminds us that even though the pillars of social media hang their stetsons on the western U.S. coast, their reach and impact spans the globe.

This past Tuesday, September 6th 2015, Europe’s top court, the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) struck down a 15 year old agreement between the United States and countries in the EU. […]

Pseudonyms: Not Who You Share With, But Who You Share As

// In this post I’ll dive into pseudonymity, and the challenges posed by real-name policies that sites like Facebook, Twitter and Google put in place. With quips and quotes from the EFF, m00t, Facebook’s Chris Cox and danah boyd, this should be a fun one.

A few things came across my desk this week that brought me […]

Social Security: Facebook Sweeps Latest Zero Day Under the Rug

// In this blog post, we’ll explore implications of the latest Facebook privacy vulnerability, the way media outlets covered the story, and the flippant response from Menlo Park.

In recent years, more and more users the world over are turning to mobile as their primary point of internet access. Well represented in that shift are both […]

If Snoo’s Snooze, then the Whole Web Might Lose

As we drift further away from engaging the web in traditionally siloed experiences, key moments like the 2015 Reddit blackout will determine whether or not new websites will survive if they don't take into account the consent of the networked.

Lurking, Creeping, Stalking: Facebook Turns to Web’s Oldest Signals for Relevance Algorithm Change

// In a June 12th post on their public relations blog, Facebook introduced a new change to their content relevancy algorithm. Software Engineers Ansha Yu and Sami Tas discuss including “how much time you spend viewing a story in your News Feed” when calculating what content to display in your News Feed. In this blogpost, I explore some of the use […]

Online Reputation Management Strategies for Healthcare Practitioners (Sponsored)

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Hungry Hungry HIPAA

In this post I'll explore some of the lesser known ramifications of big data and search optimization in the health care vertical - from the checkout line at Target all the way to nationally recognized health care organizations' marketing efforts. Then I'll layout a few ways users and content marketers can rethink their online behavior in pursuit of a more peaceful coexistence.