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Arab Spring & Social Media: about time a book got it right.

In Social Media on July 2011 at 12:08 am

Sandstorm distills how social media played a role in creating a global generationthat catalyzed a historic “leaderless revolution” in the greater Middle East. The Arab Spring, notably Tunisia and Egypt, harnessed the power of social media as a means to facilitate the grievances of the masses. Pervasive unemployment, endemic poverty and widespread corruption finally compelled the people in the region to mobilize and demand change. The speed of technology, with its aggregation of social media across multiple platforms transformed the people’s protest into a geopolitical movement. The youth created a change so powerful that its demand for economic growth and prosperity can no longer be ignored.  This book recognizes this new reality and emphasizes the power of social media as a means to unify disparate voices for the creation of a new social and economic contract.

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Facebook ‘Face Recognition’ Feature Draws Privacy Scrutiny

In Social Media, Technology Issues and the Law on July 2011 at 3:34 am

European Union data protection regulators said on Wednesday that they would investigate Facebook over a feature that uses face-recognition software to suggest people’s names to tag in pictures without their permission, and a privacy group in the United States said that it planned to file a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission over the feature.

A group of privacy watchdogs drawn from the European bloc’s 27 nations will study the measure for possible rule violations, said Gérard Lommel, a Luxembourg member of the so-called Article 29 Data Protection Working Party. Authorities in Britain and Ireland said they are also looking into the photo-tagging function on the world’s most popular social networking service.

“Tags of people on pictures should only happen based on people’s prior consent and it can’t be activated by default,” said Mr. Lommel. Such automatic tagging suggestions “can bear a lot of risks for users” and the European data protection officials will “clarify to Facebook that this can’t happen like this.”

Facebook said on its blog on Tuesday that “Tag Suggestions” was available in most countries after being phased in over several months. When Facebook users add photos to their pages, the feature uses facial-recognition software to suggest names of people in the photos to tag based on pictures in which they have already been identified. Before the feature was introduced…read original article here.