Facebook privacy settings: Who cares?

danah boyd, as ever, pushing the bar on research into social computing, this time with the help of Eszter Hargittai. As it turns out, privacy is not showing any signs of dying soon and it is something people really really want.

If only Facebook took the clear needs of its users seriously it would not be quite as evil. But privacy is not good for Facebook and they make it as hard as possible to achieve, while just about keeping the customers satisfied. Connections make a powerful drug that keeps the customers coming, but the price is high. It would be nice to see Facebook price themselves out of the market on this one.

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I am a professional learner, employed as a Full Professor and Associate Dean, Learning & Assessment, at Athabasca University, where I research lots of things broadly in the area of learning and technology, and I teach mainly in the School of Computing & Information Systems. I am a proud Canadian, though I was born in the UK. I am married, with two grown-up children, and three growing-up grandchildren. We all live in beautiful Vancouver.

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