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Can more invasive social contact by others indicate shrinking boundaries around privacy?

Can more invasive social contact by others indicate shrinking boundaries around our privacy?

It’s nearly 10 p.m., and you’re at home, brushing your teeth. Your iPhone starts screaming. You snap to attention, no thanks to that inherent anxiety that accompanies living as a young single woman in an urban environment. You grudgingly answer the phone, hoping to be greeted by an automated pharmacy reminder’s monotone, and not a friend needing a ride at this time of night. Instead, it’s some dude asking if you’ve heard about Prop Something for the third time and if you have a few minutes to talk. You grit your teeth and try muster up some manners.

Sound like last night? Join the club.
As you all know elections are today, November 6th. While we’re excited to be casting our ballots, we believe we can speak for nearly all in lamenting over the amount of recent “encouragement” we’ve received to cast those votes. Just this week alone, we’ve received half a dozen calls from local campaigns encouraging either a vote for a particular candidate, or a yea or nay on a particular measure (We’re looking at you, “Yes on Prop 32″-ers.) It’s a given that building support through direct contact methods like telephone calls is far from new, but we’d like to make a case for some boundaries around the use of those methods. Call us old-fashioned, but we fondly regard that old (and apparently outdated) custom of refraining from calling a lady after dark.

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We, the kids these days, rode the social networking wave from its inception as its target members. We get it pretty good by now. This New York Times article, building off a study from none-other-than, UC Berkeley’s Berkeley Center for Law and Technology, takes a look at the current state of privacy on Facebook and how we’re reacting. Read on for our handy little condensation: read more »

1984… a Berkeley School of Information report shows.

OK, that title might be a wee bit incendiary. However, take a gander at the I School’s doosie of a reality-check, and we bet that you too will be gathering your non-technological possessions and heading toward a remote wooded cabin in which to live out a more simple existence, “Walden”/”Children of Men” style.

The report pertains to “online location privacy,” a concern engendered by the read more »