Choosing Signal over WhatsApp is about personal agency

Reframing the WhatsApp privacy debate It is tempting to frame the discussion about WhatsApp’s privacy policy change that enables WhatsApp to share your profile data with Facebook (even though it’s been doing this for some time without being clear about this) as being about Facebook being able to read your WhatsApp messages. That interpretation is…… Continue reading Choosing Signal over WhatsApp is about personal agency

Why I prefer to use Signal, and not WhatsApp

What’s going on with WhatsApp? WhatsApp recently notified users that we will need to agree to changes to the WhatsApp privacy policy that enable Facebook to access our WhatsApp profile data, or we will need to stop using WhatsApp. This prompted a number of renewed calls for people to switch to alternatives such as Signal,…… Continue reading Why I prefer to use Signal, and not WhatsApp

Brave browser seems to protect our privacy the most

I’ve been curious about the Brave browser for a little while now, and I’ve switched to Brave for any Chromium-based browser stuff I do (testing, browsing on sites that don’t support Firefox, and so on). I found this Ars Technica post interesting. They summarise a study into browsers and privacy, and found that Brave probably…… Continue reading Brave browser seems to protect our privacy the most

“Are our present social media posts going to mortify our kids in the future?”

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One of the challenges of being a parent in a time where we can share so much of our lives on social media is deciding how much to share about our kids. I decided to stop sharing much more than tidbits about our kids online a year or two ago. One of the reasons I…… Continue reading “Are our present social media posts going to mortify our kids in the future?”

Some perspective on Facebook to for the maddening crowds

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It’s almost fashionable to bash Facebook at the moment. To a large degree, the criticism is well deserved. At the same time, we should maintain some perspective on the reports, and resist the urge to be carried away by the maddening crowds. I read Jeff Jarvis’ post titled “Facebook. Sigh.” recently. He makes an argument…… Continue reading Some perspective on Facebook to for the maddening crowds

Facebook messages aren’t so private after all

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From the New York Times article, “As Facebook Raised a Privacy Wall, It Carved an Opening for Tech Giants – The New York Times” – Facebook allowed Microsoft’s Bing search engine to see the names of virtually all Facebook users’ friends without consent, the records show, and gave Netflix and Spotify the ability to read…… Continue reading Facebook messages aren’t so private after all

Perhaps you should reconsider targeted advertising

A paradigm-shifting conversation with one of my editors prompted to consider the merit of not targeting online ads using consumers’ personal information. That, in turn, led to my latest article on MarkLives titled “Marketers should reconsider targeted online ads” which was published today: Conventional wisdom in the marketing industry seems to be that better targeted ads…… Continue reading Perhaps you should reconsider targeted advertising