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Media Roots Radio – Occupy Silicon Valley

Abby and Robbie Martin discuss the potentiality of an ‘Occupy Silicon Valley’ protest movement in a similar mold to ‘Occupy Oakland’ taking place in California’s San Francisco Bay Area. They address the ethical issues revolving around tech-companies like Facebook, Google, Apple, Microsoft, Soundcloud and debunk the notion that private corporations will install privacy safeguards on their own without the pressure of public consumer outrage. Robbie goes into the history of Silicon Valley’s roots, which tie directly to the Pentagon’s post-WWII defense industry private sector push.
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Facebook’s Asocial Mark Zuckerberg

100920_r20016_p233Two weeks before the theatrical release of The Social Network, Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg gets an in-depth interview/profile in the New Yorker. “Zuck” comes across as enigmatic, unfeeling, and awkward — an odd person to be reshaping the nature of social interaction and connection on a global scale:

The typical complaint about Zuckerberg is that he’s “a robot.” One of his closest friends told me, “He’s been overprogrammed.” Indeed, he sometimes talks like an Instant Message—brusque, flat as a dial tone—and he can come off as flip and condescending, as if he always knew something that you didn’t.

Despite his goal of global openness, however, Zuckerberg remains a wary and private person. He doesn’t like to speak to the press, and he does so rarely. He also doesn’t seem to enjoy the public appearances that are increasingly requested of him.

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Are Users ‘Dumb Fucks’ for Trusting Data to Facebook?

Tim Edwards writes on First Post:

A row over Facebook’s casual attitude towards the privacy of its 400 million users is threatening to snowball into a full-blown crisis as high-profile members start closing their accounts.

Facebook seems to deem the situation serious enough to have called an ‘all hands’ meeting of its staff yesterday to address concerns over data protection.

The situation was inflamed when Silicon Alley Insider posted an old instant messaging conversation between Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and a friend in which the then 19-year-old Harvard student called users of his newly founded website ‘dumb fucks’.

During the conversation, Zuckerberg writes: “Yeah so if you ever need info about anyone at Harvard, just ask. I have over 4,000 emails, pictures, addresses, SNS.”

When the friend asks him how he got the information, Zuckerberg replies: “People just submitted it. I don’t know why. They ‘trust me’. Dumb fucks.”

Facebook responded to the publication of the ‘dumb fucks’ message, saying: “The privacy and security of our users’ information is of paramount importance to us.

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Facebook CEO: ‘A Ruthless And Untrustworthy Sex Maniac’

Mark Zuckerberg. Photo: Raphaël Labbé (CC)

Mark Zuckerberg. Photo: Raphaël Labbé (CC)

Aren’t there defamation laws that protect against this kind of depiction? I have no idea if Mark Zuckerberg is worthy of this movie’s claims, but do the producers really know either? From the Times:

Just as he hoped to clean up his image, Mark Zuckerberg, the inventor of Facebook, is to be portrayed in a Hollywood film as a ruthless and untrustworthy sex maniac.

The website and its 400m users have been beset in the past week by rows over changes to its privacy settings.

However, they have nothing on the invasion of privacy facing Zuckerberg in a £40m black comedy called The Social Network, adapted from The Accidental Billionaires by Ben Mezrich, with a screenplay by Aaron Sorkin, creator of The West Wing.

Six years ago Zuckerber created what was to become the internet phenomenon Facebook in a “tidal wave” of grief after being dumped by his girlfriend.

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