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Christian Fuchs and Sebastian Sevignani: New article about theorizing digital labour on social media

Fuchs, Christian and Sebastian Sevignani. 2013. What Is digital labour? What Is digital work? What’s their difference? And why do these questions matter for understanding social media?

Facebook’s New Data Use Policy (December 11th, 2012) – What Has Changed and What Do These Changes Mean?

So overall, how can Facebook’s new privacy policy best be characterised? Exploitation of users, increased complexity, violation of privacy in the context of the processing of sensitive personal data.

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Why Social Media Research Matters for Occupy

Do social media really with necessity result in more democracy and a better society? What is the And if such states of society are achieved, are they then the result of technology or of the struggles of humans who take risks in activism? What is the relationship of technology and society? What is the relationship between the opportunities and risks of “social media“? The Internet researcher Manuel Castells has in his recently published book “Networks of outrage and hope: social movements in the Internet age“ voiced a view that is quite similar to the one by Shirky.

What is Facebook’s New Privacy Policy All About? More Complexity, More Intransparent Data Storage, Continued Internet Prosumer Commodification, Ideological Pseudo-Participation, and a Reaction to the Privacy Complaints Filed by “Europe versus Facebook”.

On September 7, 2011, Facebook changed its privacy policy, replacing the policy that was updated on December 22, 2010. What are the changes all about and what are their privacy implications?

Social Media and the UK Riots: “Twitter Mobs”, “Facebook Mobs”, “Blackberry Mobs” and the Structural Violence of Neoliberalism

The UK riots are not a “Blackberry mob”, not a “Facebook mob” and not a “Twitter mob”; they are the effects of the structure violence of neoliberalism. Capitalism, crisis and class are the main contexts of unrests, uproar and social media today.

How to Become a Facebook Billionaire

Mark Zuckerberg, co-founder and CEO of Facebook, more than tripled his wealth from US$ two billion in 2009 to US$ 6.9 billion in 2010 and jumped from rank 158 to number 35. Two other Facebook co-founders have entered the Forbes list: Dustin Moskovitz is ranked at position 290 with US$ 1.4 billion, Eduardo Saverin is at rank 356 with US$ 1.15 billion. The large increase of the wealth of the Facebook founders is mainly due to the infinite exploitation of Internet prosumer labour.

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“The world will be better if you share more“: Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook, and Economic Surveillance

The August 2010 issue of Wired Magazine features a story about privacy on Facebook. Is Facebook intended for, as Facebook’s CEO Mark Zuckerberg says, “making the world a better place”, or are there other ends?

There is nothing really new about Facebook’s “new privacy model”

Concerning economic surveillance and the privacy threats posed by it, nothing has changed on Facebook. So there are no reasons to celebrate Facebook’s ”new privacy model“.