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Facebook’s botched privacy settings

December 11th, 2009 Comments off

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By now everyone must be sick of hearing about Facebook’s widely-criticised new privacy settings. So rather than add my 2p, I will point to some interesting posts from the blogosphere:

  • The EFF explain the changes
  • Joseph Bonneau reminds us that it is our social networks that are the most important data to keep private
  • Ian Brown points out that it’s not all bad, as users now have more control over those annoying Facebook applications
  • The Joy of Tech explains Facebook’s Newspeak
  • Danny Sullivan compares Facebook to Microsoft (strange, because Google and Apple would be the far more obvious choices for “evil” corporation these days) and demonstrates the mess that the current Facebook privacy settings have become

Hopefully our PVNets project will help design privacy settings that actually reflect what users, rather than online social network operators, desire.

UPDATE: Facebook have backtracked and now provide some functionality for hiding your list of friends.

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Thales Scottish Technology Prize

December 10th, 2009 Comments off

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Fehmi and I went to Glasgow today to attend the finals of the Thales Scottish Technology Prize. Out of 37 entries, only 7 made it to the finals, so we were very pleased that our PVNets-funded SenseLess system for energy-efficient mobile sensing made the cut. Unfortunately, we did not take home the £25,000 first prize, but we did get £250 and a free lunch! So thank you Thales! We also met several interesting people from other Scottish universities and from Thales, so it was a good day out.

We were not permitted to take mobile phones or cameras on site, hence the outdoor photos. We did have some suitably cheesy photos taken by a professional photographer, so I shall post those when they arrive.

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