Tag Archives: Daring Fireball

AVIEN resource updates 3rd August 2018

Updates to Anti-Social Media 

A fascinating article for Quartz by Nikhil SonnadEverything bad about Facebook is bad for the same reason – “Facebook only does the right thing when it’s forced to. Instead, it needs to be willing to sacrifice the goal of total connectedness and growth when this goal has a human cost; to create a decision-making process that requires Facebook leaders to check their instinctive technological optimism against the realities of human life.” Recommended. (Hat tip to Daring Fireball.)

The Next Web: Telegram Passport is already drawing fire for not being secure enough – “Its password encryption could be cracked for just $5”

Updates to Internet of (not necessarily necessary) Things

[Many of the Things that crop up on this page are indeed necessary. But that doesn’t mean that connecting them to the Internet of Things (or even the Internet of Everything) is necessary, or even desirable, given how often that connectivity widens the attack surface.]

US-CERT advised that the FBI published an article on securing the internet of things. US-CERT also flagged the NCCIC Tip Securing the Internet of Things.

David Harley


Trust me, I’m Facebook: CEO on the record

John Gruber, at Daring Fireball, flagged an interesting sidelight on the current Facebook debate.

Zeynep Tufekci for Wired explained ‘WHY MARK ZUCKERBERG’S 14-YEAR APOLOGY TOUR HASN’T FIXED FACEBOOK’. Apparently, before Facebook Zuckerberg had another site a website called Facemash which “began nonconsensually [sic] scraping pictures of students at Harvard from the school’s intranet and asking users to rate their hotness.”

Zuckerberg apologized at the time for his lack of foresight, while managing to imply that his intentions were misunderstood. You may wonder about his sincerity, since a little later he was describing Facebook users in these terms: “They trust me — dumb f***s”. But he has assured the New Yorker since that “I think I’ve grown and learned a lot” . If you haven’t read that 2010 New Yorker article by Jose Antonio Vargas, give it a go. You might find it illuminating, if not altogether comfortable with your relationship with Facebook (if you have one).

David Harley

Social media and privacy