Online Information Privacy •

Double Feature: HLS Library Director John Palfrey on Digital Natives

HLS Library Director John Palfrey is featured in two recent interviews talking about his work studying how young people use technology and information.

The first, with the Urbanite of Baltimore, included a wide-ranging conversation about understanding wired kids, innovation and entrepreneurship by and for them, creativity, privacy, and digital skills.

Speaking to Project Information Literacy, John focused on privacy, piracy, and plagiarism. Areas explored include the intersection of school assignments with remix culture, which educators could use in discussions with students about where riffing ends and ripping off begins in the academic world, and how to deal with the new rivers of information that deluge us all.

The Multi-talented Electronic Frontier Foundation

It’s time to plug in your headphones if you’re reading Et Seq. in the library!

Demonstrating they have talents above and beyond their mad legal skills, the folks at the Electronic Frontier Foundation have produced a festive music video to celebrate EFF’s accomplishments this year in defending free speech, privacy, innovation, and consumer rights in a digital world. Enjoy!


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Hat tip to Library Stuff

Psst…need a cheap credit card for the holidays?

In the thriving internet underground economy, a credit card with CVV2 number will cost you between 10¢ and $25, even cheaper if you buy in bulk.

As detailed in Symantec’s Report on the Underground Economy released today, credit card information is the most advertised category of goods and services. Symantec calculates the potential worth of all credit cards advertised during the reporting period, July 2007 through June 2008, to be $5.3 billion based on an average observed credit limit of more than $4,000 per stolen credit card. The report notes, “The underground economy has matured into a global market with the same supply and demand pressures and responses of any other economy. There are a great many servers and channels available to advertisers to market their wares, which they do, and often.” For more information see C|Net News and the Symantec Press Release.

Global Network Initiative

A collective of information, telecommunication and internet companies, human rights and civil society organizations, academic institutions and investor groups today launched the Global Network Initiative, a global code of conduct for promoting the protection and advancement of freedom of expression and privacy.

In response to Congressional criticism and investigation of their active support of Chinese government suppression of dissent, the GNI guidelines provide member companies a mechanism for policing their global activities and business operations while at the same time protecting market share. For news coverage, see the New York Times (registration required).

What is Googled on your Laptop Shall be Proclaimed from the House-tops

Louis Brandeis and Samuel Warren warned in their classic Harvard Law Review article “The Right to Privacy,” that “[i[nstantaneous photographs and newspaper enterprise have invaded the sacred precincts of private and domestic life; and numerous mechanical devices threaten to make good the prediction that ‘what is whispered in the closet shall be proclaimed from the house-tops.’” Imagine what would they think of today’s web privacy issues.

You can get better informed about online privacy with this PBS web feature Guide to Online Privacy. In the guide, journalist Mark Glaser summarizes the major privacy issues with giants like facebook and Google, provides advice on maintaining privacy, and has a great list of links to leading organizations with more information.