Privacy in the Time of Facebook

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Facebook executives are preparing for a ‘privacy summit’ to discuss the site’s controversial new default privacy settings (which do little to protect users’ privacy). But in a world of over-sharing online, does privacy even matter anymore? And have our notions of public and private changed so dramatically that we couldn’t reverse things if we wanted to?

Talk to someone sharing their information. Take part in our "TMI" experiment!

Jeff Jarvis is a journalism professor at the City University of New York and author of "What Would Google Do?" He walks us through the history of privacy, and how technology has changed our definitions of what it is over the years.

And Amber Case is a cyber-anthropologist and tech consultant. She explains how social networking sites have redefined privacy, identity, and the way we interact with others.


Amber Case and Jeff Jarvis

Produced by:

Kristen Meinzer and Jen Poyant

Comments [1]


It ABSOLUTELY matters. My Facebook is for keeping in touch with (close) friends and family I no longer live near. It is not for sharing details of my private life with everyone who comes by online. I don't even have it under my full name--if I want to "friend" you, I'll find you; if I haven't done so, I probably have no interest, so don't bother to try to find me; if you're a vague acquaintance from high school or college, forget it. Therefore, it is locked down as much as possible...which unfortunately is less and less as Facebook opens up more and more.

Most recently, Facebook erased parts of my profile because I didn't want my town, workplace, etc. associated with "pages" (which I assume would publicly announce where I live and work). Now people I actually want to have that information--people with access to my profile--now do not have access to my address should they need it and will have to call or email me instead of just looking it up at their leisure.

The longer this goes on, the more I hate Facebook.

May. 20 2010 10:53 AM

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