Monday News: Is Gawker the arbiter of internet justice; India selling $20 tablets to students; and the need for a Social Network Constitution
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
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