Saturday, October 23, 2010

Monday, October 11, 2010

New Web Code Draws Concern Over Privacy Risks; New York Times, 10/11/10

Tanzina Vega, New York Times; New Web Code Draws Concern Over Privacy Risks:

"In the next few years, a powerful new suite of capabilities will become available to Web developers that could give marketers and advertisers access to many more details about computer users’ online activities. Nearly everyone who uses the Internet will face the privacy risks that come with those capabilities, which are an integral part of the Web language that will soon power the Internet: HTML 5."

Thursday, October 7, 2010

[Podcast] Schools Urged To Teach Youth Digital Citizenship; NPR's All Things Considered, 10/6/10

[Podcast] Nancy Solomon, NPR's All Things Considered; Schools Urged To Teach Youth Digital Citizenship:

"Commonsense Media, a nonprofit that provides information about movies, video games and technology for children, has written a curriculum to help schools teach digital citizenship. It focuses on how to teach youth to think critically about the Internet and make ethical decisions about its use. Steyer says he was flooded with requests for the curriculum as soon as it was released."There is so much education that needs to be done," he says. "For the most part, kids who are in college today never received any form of digital citizenship or media training when they were in high school or middle school.""

Sunday, October 3, 2010

[Podcast] Poisoning the Press; NPR's On the Media, 10/1/10

[Podcast] NPR's On the Media; Poisoning the Press:

"Jack Anderson was an investigative reporter whose syndicated newspaper column – "Washington Merry-Go-Round" – outed countless political scandals beginning in the 1950s. Only Anderson did what he had to to get the story, ethical or not, legal or not. George Washington University professor Mark Feldstein, talks about his new book, Poisoning the Press."

Bullying, Suicide, Punishment; New York Times, 10/3/10

John Schwartz, New York Times; Bullying, Suicide, Punishment:

"What should the punishment be for acts like cyberbullying and online humiliation?

That question is as difficult to answer as how to integrate our values with all the things in our lives made of bits, balancing a right to privacy with the urge to text, tweet, stream and post...

There is also the question of society’s role. Students are encouraged by Facebook and Twitter to put their every thought and moment online, and as they sacrifice their own privacy to the altar of connectedness, they worry less about the privacy of others."

Before a Suicide, Hints in Online Musings; New York Times, 10/1/10

Lisa W. Foderaro and Winnie Hu, New York Times; Before a Suicide, Hints in Online Musings:

"Under a leaden sky, students debated whether the surreptitious broadcast was a thoughtless prank or a crime. Gay and lesbian students demanded that the university re-examine its policies on bias and bullying, and called for safe housing and other programs.

On Wednesday night, after the start of the university’s two-year campaign to foster courtesy and respect, demonstrators for gay rights got into a screaming match with residents of Mr. Ravi’s dormitory, Davidson Hall, who objected to some of their language. Several students had to be physically separated."

Private Moment Made Public, Then a Fatal Jump; New York Times, 9/30/10

Lisa W. Foderaro, New York Times; Private Moment Made Public, Then a Fatal Jump:

"The Sept. 22 death, details of which the authorities disclosed on Wednesday, was the latest by a young American that followed the online posting of hurtful material. The news came on the same day that Rutgers kicked off a two-year, campuswide project to teach the importance of civility, with special attention to the use and abuse of new technology."

U.S. Apologizes for Syphilis Tests in Guatemala; New York Times, 10/2/10

Donald G. McNeil, Jr., New York Times; U.S. Apologizes for Syphilis Tests in Guatemala:

"From 1946 to 1948, American public health doctors deliberately infected nearly 700 Guatemalans — prison inmates, mental patients and soldiers — with venereal diseases in what was meant as an effort to test the effectiveness of penicillin...

In a twist to the revelation, the public health doctor who led the experiment, John C. Cutler, would later have an important role in the Tuskegee study in which black American men with syphilis were deliberately left untreated for decades. Late in his own life, Dr. Cutler continued to defend the Tuskegee work.

His unpublished Guatemala work was unearthed recently in the archives of the University of Pittsburgh by Professor Reverby, a medical historian who has written two books about Tuskegee."

When Lawyers Can Peek at Facebook; New York Times, 10/1/10

John Eligon, New York Times; When Lawyers Can Peek at Facebook:

"Could the legal world be moving toward a new set of Miranda warnings: “Anything you say, do — or post on Facebook — can be used against you in a court of law”?"