Facebook’s psychological experiments and Edward Snowden’s NSA leaks epitomize a world of increasing information awareness in the social media ecosystem. With over a billion monthly active users, Facebook as a nation is overtaking China as the largest country in the world. President Barack Obama, in his 2011 State of the Union Address, called America “the nation of Edison and the Wright brothers” and “of Google and Facebook.” U.S. Chief Information Officer Steven VanRoekel opines that America has become a “Facebook nation” that demands increased transparency and interactivity from the federal government.
Ubiquitous social networks such as Facebook, Google+, Twitter, and YouTube are creating the technologies, infrastructures, and big data necessary for Total Information Awareness – a controversial surveillance program proposed by DARPA after the 9/11 attacks. NSA’s secret PRISM program has reinvigorated WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange’s accusation that “Facebook is the most appalling spying machine that has ever been invented.”
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg once said, “We exist at the intersection of technology and social issues.” This book offers discourse and practical advice on the privacy issue in the age of big data, business intelligence in social media, e-government and e-activism, as well as personal total information awareness. This expanded edition also includes insights from Wikipedian Emily Temple-Wood and Facebook ROI experts Dennis Yu and Alex Houg.
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Table of ContentsFrom 1984 to Total Information Awareness.- Social Networks and Privacy.- Smartphones and Privacy.- Privacy Breaches.- Business Intelligence.- Facebook Analytics, Advertising, and Marketing.- Consumer Privacy in the Age of Big Data.- Twitter- a World of Immediacy.- Misinformation and Disinformation.- Wikipedia and the New Web.- E-Government and E-Activism.- Generation C in the Age of Big Data.- Living in Facebook Nation.- Personal Privacy and Information Management.- Personal Total Information Awareness.- From Total Information Awareness to 1984.
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A Provacative Conversation-Starter That Will Keep You Up At Night! Newton Lee's breezily-written, compact book details a fascinating compilation of current news, information policies, and technology usage patterns that reverberate through online social networks and society at large in our globally-wired "Facebook Nation". Peppered with heartfelt personal anecdotes, interesting software arcana, and a rich collection of links to web sources that encourage deeper reading and research, Facebook Nation is a valuable resource for scientists, business leaders, and educators who are looking for a comprehensive discussion of how total information awareness intersects with today's events in ways, both potentially good and ill, that shape our increasingly connected society.
In an extensively referenced compendium Facebook Nation explores the online terrain we occupy and provides an exhaustive, fast-paced look at our social media environment, whisking us from facial recognition apps to citizen journalism to battles over internet legislation. The book touches on socially oriented activities that are personal (Facebook) as well as public (surveillance cameras), with a predominant theme of privacy, and presents examples of both beneficial and harmful consequences of our interacting within a digital environment. While most of us are aware that our activities online are commonly tracked and that companies such as Google, Facebook and Amazon mine the data they collect about us for profit, Newton Lee shows the extensive and relentless way they do so and reveals the massive fissures in privacy this has led to. Facebook Nation presents a provocative view of the data residue we leave through use of search engines, free email service, and social sites, and by accepting the privacy and account settings provided. In a past generation such an invasion of privacy would have been unthinkable. Lee makes a strong case that today's technological infrastructures, the attitudes of CEOs intent on changing the landscape on their own terms without our consultation, and our own lack of understanding of how our information is used, has us struggling to keep a balance between a social media environment that is beneficial and one that is held hostage by big business and big brother. What I particularly like about the book is the contemporary details it provides; the facts stand on their own merit and they are at the same time inspirational and very chilling.
This book is an eye opener for anyone interested in the intersection of social media, technology, business, social sciences, politics and international studies. The author does not impose his views on the readers about Facebook, Google, SOPA/PIPA, Total Information Awareness, and other controversial topics. Instead, he presents opposing views and lets the readers think for themselves. Rolling Stone magazine called the 2010 movie The Social Network "bracingly smart, brutally funny and acted to perfection." Written in a documentary style, this book evoked a similar feeling in me. In spite of the serious subject matter, the book is filled with tasteful humor throughout. It's both thought-provocative and enjoyable to read.