Large technology companies will experience the same collapse in reputation as banks have endured in recent years unless they rapidly change their policy approach, business leaders have cautioned.
Their warning was directed at the influential heads of technology companies, such as the Silicon Valley giants, who were told they needed to recognise that self-regulation will not be sufficient to stave off mounting public alarm about issues such as privacy.
“Self-regulation, no matter what you do, is just not going to be good enough [for tech companies],” said Paul Achleitner, chairman of the supervisory board of Deutsche Bank. Addressing the Davos economic forum, he pointed out that a self-regulatory approach had been previously employed by banks — but notably failed to quell a political backlash against their over-reach.
via Davos 2015: Tech giants risk reputation, warn business leaders – FT.com.
Perhaps youth care about privacy much more than we routinely give them credit for. In a nice piece published by Wharton (an SMU research partner institution), we hear dana boyd share her observations.
Young people, Boyd said, choose to privatize certain material either because they think it is embarrassing or will change the dynamics of their relationships. At the same time, they expect their audience to pay attention to the context in which they are operating — for example, the young woman who expected her mother to understand it was not appropriate to read her daughter’s posts. “I see quotes over and over again from young people saying, ‘Why are [adults on my social media site]? They don’t belong here. Don’t they understand?’ Or, ‘I wouldn’t look at their content; why are they looking at mine?’”
Privacy is about much more than just solving technical issues of access control, Boyd stated. “That is not how people live and experience privacy. Privacy is in many ways about controlling the social situation.”
via What Privacy Online Really Means to Teens — K@W.
Will Internet-based activity become the new banking? By this I mean, will these ethical lapses add up to such a great sum that people simply lose faith in such organizations? I doubt that I have ever visited the websites for the White House, YouPorn, or the State of California (interesting combination, if you ask me), but still I find the advances (assaults?) on the borders of privacy to be unsettling.
You can read the story at:Companies have a tricky new way to track your movement across the web | The Verge.
“Researchers at Princeton have uncovered a new web-tracking method that’s nearly impossible to block. It’s called “canvas fingerprinting,” and can potentially follow users between sites even if they’ve disabled more conventional methods like cookies and aren’t logged into Facebook.”
The final question in this year’s survey asked respondents what concerns them while online? The first question asked about online behavioral preferences (reported here) and the second asked why we go online (reported here). Respondents indicate th… More…