The Problem with Privacy and Social Networks

Perusing articles on Facebook privacy control changes from a well-known security company, there is the revelation that “no private information should be on the Internet”. A wise statement for an information security purist, but what constitutes ‘private information’, to what degree is it fluid and are the controls within Social Networks sufficient to allow us to restrict access in the ways we demand / require? What are the ‘sociological norms’, and what of ‘super-social’ libertines who have exceeded Dunbar’s Number by a magnitude of 700%? Continue reading “The Problem with Privacy and Social Networks”

Trends in Online Advertising

FROM INTERRUPTION TO INTERACTION, online advertising has progressed quickly in the last few years, says Steve Nimmons.

Article first published by the BCS in July 2008

Online advertising has been with us since the earliest days of the internet and where eyeballs meet content, advertisers will be close by. The first web portals were (almost uniformly and tastelessly) bedecked with every imaginable flashing widget that might attract a valuable click-through. I will spare the early designers’ blushes but some sites would today come with health warnings for photosensitive epilepsy. Quality had to, and did, improve. Continue reading “Trends in Online Advertising”