Tag Archives: Social Media
In late 2010, digital activists on Twitter began experimenting with a new form of protest, the “TweetStorm.” I updated this from my old post because there have been a few changes to Twitter, and both Facebook and Google+ have now adopted hashtags, making this an even more attractive concept. Where you read “tweet” below, take that to […]
When it comes to online security, your first responsibility is to yourself, and that has never been more apparent than now, with the daily diet of revelations about the allegedly massive scale of global government spying and surveillance. Of at least equal importance, is the need to remain alert to the risks your actions might create for others in your online network. Every time you share, tag, mention or otherwise connect someone else to your content, you are highlighting your relationship in the context of that content. A simple typing error, a hastily-copied story, or unbridled haste to share without fact-checking, can alter that context dramatically, and with potentially rather more serious consequences that any of us previously imagined.
By taking up the challenge of internet activism, we are battling an unstable and ruthless regime in a hostile environment with many security risks. We are using information as our weapon, even though we can never guarantee that what we say won’t blow up in our faces. Our resolve is not in question, but what should we do to strengthen our defences?
Facebook has made several radical changes to support its drive to increase revenue. Twitter is on the same path. But have they tipped the balance and found your breaking point yet? Dangerous Minds has written a lengthy and eloquent complaint about how Facebook is deliberately “broken” so that your posts are held hostage unless you […]