I Know Who You Are and I Saw What You Did: Social Networks and the Death of Privacy

I Know Who You Are and I Saw What You Did: Social Networks and the Death of Privacy

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by Lori Andrews
     
 

A leading specialist on social networks writes a shocking exposé of the widespread misuse of our personal online data and creates a Constitution for the web to protect us.

Social networks are the defining cultural movement of our time. Over a half a billion people are on Facebook alone. If Facebook were a country, it would be the third largest nation in the

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Overview

A leading specialist on social networks writes a shocking exposé of the widespread misuse of our personal online data and creates a Constitution for the web to protect us.

Social networks are the defining cultural movement of our time. Over a half a billion people are on Facebook alone. If Facebook were a country, it would be the third largest nation in the world. But while that nation appears to be a comforting small town in which we can share photos of friends and quaint bits of trivia about our lives, it is actually a lawless battle zone—a frontier with all the hidden and unpredictable dangers of any previously unexplored place.

Social networks offer freedom. An ordinary individual can be a reporter, alerting the world to breaking news of a natural disaster or a political crisis. A layperson can be a scientist, participating in a crowd-sourced research project. Or an investigator, helping cops solve a crime.

But as we work and chat and date (and sometimes even have sex) over the web, traditional rights may be slipping away. Colleges and employers routinely reject applicants because of information found on social networks. Cops use photos from people’s profiles to charge them with crimes—or argue for harsher sentences. Robbers use postings about vacations to figure out when to break into homes. At one school, officials used cameras on students’ laptops to spy on them in their bedrooms.

The same power of information that can topple governments can also topple a person’s career, marriage, or future. What Andrews proposes is a Constitution for the web, to extend our rights to this wild new frontier. This vitally important book will generate a storm of attention.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781451650518
Publisher:
Free Press
Publication date:
01/10/2012
Pages:
272
Sales rank:
996,951
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.20(d)

Table of Contents

1 Facebook Nation 1

2 George Orwell... Meet Mark Zuckerberg 17

3 Second Self 33

4 Technology and Fundamental Rights 49

5 The Right to Connect 61

6 Freedom of Speech 75

7 Lethal Advocacy 91

8 Privacy of Place 111

9 Privacy of Information 121

10 FYI or TMI?: Social Networks and the Right to a Relationship with Your Children 137

11 Social Networks and the Judicial System 149

12 The Right to a Fair Trial 161

13 The Right to Due Process 173

14 Slouching Towards a Constitution 185

The Social Network Constitution 189

Acknowledgments 193

Notes 195

Index 239

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