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What “open data” means – and what it doesn’t

Last week, an article in the Wall Street Journal talked about the Open Data Partnership, which “will allow consumers to edit the interests, demographics and other profile information collected about them. It also will allow people to choose to not be tracked at all.” The article goes on to discuss data mining and privacy issues, which are hot topics in today’s digital world, where we all wonder just how much of our personal data is out there and how it’s being used. » Read more

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Facebook's new profile features: A call for openness

Yesterday I got a few emails from Facebook that informed me of things like when my anniversary is. That's when I found out my husband was using the new Facebook profile. This morning it told me that about 10% of my friends have already switched over. » Read more

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Three unspoken blockers that prevent professors from teaching open source community participation

One of the hardest things about trying to bridge two worlds--for instance, open source communities and academic institutions--is all the stuff you don't hear on a daily basis when you're working remotely. Sometimes it takes several rounds of garlic bread and pasta for people to begin articulating what's blocking them from teaching their students how to participate in FOSS communities. Sebastian Dziallas and I sat down last weekend at the 2010 Frontiers in Education conference with a group of professors from the Teaching Open Source community. "What are the biggest blockers that you're facing in doing this," we asked, "that people in the open source world just don't know about or understand?" Here are their answers.

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Facebook changes proving open is better

Facebook has been the proverbial talk of the town lately. From the new film about the creator, Mark Zuckerberg, and his company's rise to fame, the incredible donation given by Zuckerberg to public schools in Newark, all the way to concerns over privacy issues regarding user accounts on Facebook itself. » Read more

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New Public Spaces 2: Practical Design Guidelines

Last post, I discussed how governments, especially state and local, should be thinking differently about the ways they engage online with the people they serve. » Read more

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WoW. There went your anonymity.

Edit: As of July 9, Blizzard has said that at least for now, real names will not be required on the forums.

I've talked here about privacy on Facebook. And that's one thing--a place where in general, the people you friend are likely to already know your real name. But how would you feel about everyone who so much as passes by your favorite message board knowing you as Merle Schwarz instead of clawfoot78? » Read more

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Poll: Estimating the impact of the Facebook exodus

QuitFacebookDay.com hasn't even gathered a significantly measureable percentage of the Facebook population. But there may be a lot of people leaving who aren't speaking up there. So here's a poll--aka, a completely unscientific way--to see how widespread the Facebook exodus is. How big has the impact been on your friends list?

Discuss Facebook and the future of social networking in this post.

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Facebook: Privacy, the exodus, and Diaspora

If you're like me, it seems like every time you log into Facebook, you see another message or two from friends deleting their accounts. Then you check Twitter, and there's yet another rallying cry for open standards in social networking.

Wait. I just got déjà vu.

Wired (among many others) has been making that call for years. Years. But like so many noble causes, it took a sufficiently motivating, negative catalyst to spread the messsage. » Read more

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