Gangster social

From Wired, we learn about how gang members in Chicago are using social networks as part of their methods of intimidation, organisation and self-aggrandisement, with seemingly little regard for the public nature of these spaces. We naturally associate criminal activity with secrecy, with conspiracies hatched in alleyways or back rooms. Today, though, foolish as it…… Continue reading Gangster social

Mining the where: CIA-funded start-up says 80% of online content contains location information

Last week at Local Social Summit I talked about some of the issues around location and privacy. Especially problematic is people’s inadvertent tagging of their photos with location information – something potentially of interest to crooks, stalkers and others you might not want to know everything about you. Open-source spying is a term which has…… Continue reading Mining the where: CIA-funded start-up says 80% of online content contains location information

Defending the web for today and the future

For anyone interested in the web, Tim Berners-Lee’s article in The Scientific American about its future is of course required reading. Let’s begin by quoting the closing sentences of the piece: The goal of the Web is to serve humanity. We build it now so that those who come to it later will be able…… Continue reading Defending the web for today and the future