Q. How widespread is the problem of third parties viewing our data?
Seventy-five percent of employers require Human Resources to look at people’s online presence. A third turn people down because they see a picture of the person with a glass of alcohol in their hand, even though they’re adults and just drinking a glass of wine. Women who have a sexy picture on Facebook or MySpace have been denied custody of their children. The IRS is looking at whether you have expensive items on your Facebook page. … Doctors can’t blab about your privileged medical facts, but now third parties get around that by discriminating against you based on information from the web. Employers are asking for Facebook passwords. … since I’m a writer — I’ve written 14 books — I love Dictionary.com. But Dictionary.com puts 233 tracking mechanisms on your computer to follow wherever you go on the web. Business Insider
When does shaming racist kids turn into online bullying? — Tech News and Analysis – On the night of the election there were several individuals who choose to express their unhappiness using racial epithets. Jezebel, likely emboldened by the praise it received for participating in the doxing of several reddits members who participated in the creepshots sub forum, choose to select a number of teenage social media users and called the high school administrators of those schools. In one case, Jezebel contacted a college from whom one of the teenagers had claimed he had received an athletic scholarship.
Gigaom asks the question of whether this is appropriate. Has Jezebel with the internet power it wields gone too far or are racist tweets something for which a person should be publicly shamed and attached to one’s name for the rest of their google searchable lives?GigaOM
President Pranab Mukherjee launches low cost Aakash-2 tablet at Rs 1,130 – India has released a $20 tablet for students. These will first be provided to students at engineering colleges and universities. Coming at a price tag of Rs 1,130 for students, the new version ‘Aakash 2’, which will be made available to students of engineering colleges and universities to begin with, is now powered by a processor running at 1 GHz, has a 512 MB, a 7 inch capacitative touch screen and a battery working for three hours of normal operations.The Economic Times
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