Blaine Cook continues to think hard about future directions for social media. You can follow his thoughts at his blog or Twitter stream . We particularly liked his post Facebook Is My New Boatcar, a discussion of Facebook’s privacy, interface, and applications which generated a lot of commentary in the community.
This episode was inspired by the chilling lecture “Privacy Is Dead, Get Over It” given by private investigator Steve Rambam at The Last HOPE (Hackers On Planet Earth) conference in 2008. An audio file of Rambam’s three-hour lecture is available for free, but we highly recommend buying the DVD of the lecture, as it is very dependent on visuals he refers to throughout. If we were to recommend one resource on privacy to educators everywhere, this would be it. It is highly informative and presented in a simple, non-technical way by a professional who knows far more about how to find information than your average journalist. The Privacy Rights Clearinghouse can also provide information about online privacy issues.