[kwlug-disc] Quit Facebook Day..

Shane shane.msg at gmail.com
Mon May 31 19:38:27 EDT 2010

The problem is that life in a village where everyone knew everyone else was idyllic.  Such was, and even today in smaller communities is, not the case.  The only difference is that a bigger village will afford troublemakers more and better opportunities to hide.

It's not the size of the dog in the fight, it's the size of the fight in the dog.

-----Original Message-----
From: Raul Suarez <rarsa at yahoo.com>
Date: Mon, 31 May 2010 11:58:31 
To: KWLUG discussion<kwlug-disc at kwlug.org>
Subject: Re: [kwlug-disc] Quit Facebook Day..

--- On Mon, 5/31/10, Insurance Squared Inc. <gcooke at insurancesquared.com> wrote:

> From: Insurance Squared Inc. <gcooke at insurancesquared.com>
> Subject: Re: [kwlug-disc] Quit Facebook Day..
> To: "KWLUG discussion" <kwlug-disc at kwlug.org>
> Received: Monday, May 31, 2010, 2:43 PM
> As has been noted, it's not just the
> facebook platform that needs to be OSS.  it's the
> behind the scenes data collection that's the problem with
> facebook.

I am sure that this is not a problem of the software model (Proprietary/FLOSS) as you well identify on your first paragraph.

It has to do with the trust on the people hosting the data. Not only trust on their moral compass but also on their technical ability to keep the data safe.

I really think that the privacy issues with Facebook have more to do with ignorance or personal choice more than a failure of the platform.

Social media is one of the components of the Global Village where everybody knows what everyone else is up to.

Privacy as we know it, is really a quite modern concept. As a species we are naturally gregarious so maybe the privacy experiment is proving to be too much of a strain on our collective self?

Not that I personally wish to end privacy, but maybe that's because I am a man of the (old) times that never lived in a small village.

Raul Suarez

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