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That is the title of this intriguing essay by Robert Herritt in the Pacific Standard — our favorite e-mag, by the way — summarizing the “philosophy of information” as well as the original work of Luciano Floridi, an Oxford philosopher who is inventing “entirely new ways … Continue reading
Posted in Ethics, Law, Philosophy, Property Rights, Questions Rarely Asked Tagged Coase, Facebook, Google+, Information Markets, Privacy, Right to be forgotten Leave a comment
Research at Facebook
Research about research? We are reblogging Facebook’s official (and self-serving) statement in defense of its non-consensual and possibly unlawful research methods. Among other things, Facebook states that “our own research … indicat[es] that people respond positively to positive posts from their … Continue reading
Posted in Law, Science, Web/Tech Tagged Facebook, Research Ethics Leave a comment
Fair or foul?
Was the Facebook mood experiment “fair” or “foul” from an ethical perspective? Is it even possible for ethics to produce a determinate or “right” answer to this question? Several armchair philosophers, for example, have concluded that Facebook’s recent study of user behavior is … Continue reading
Posted in Current Affairs, Ethics, Philosophy, Science, Web/Tech Tagged Experiments, Facebook, Michelle Meyer, Research Ethics Leave a comment
A reverse-Facebook experiment
Our friends at Facebook recently received a lot of bad press for conducting a masssive secret psych experiment on 700,000 of its users without their consent. (Update: The journal that published Facebook’s research published a pusillanimous Expression of Concern but did not … Continue reading
Posted in Current Affairs, Deception, Web/Tech Tagged Facebook 1 Comment
“You don’t like the old-time bikes, huh?”
Could this be the reason why Facebook doesn’t have an “Unlike” button?
Posted in Uncategorized Tagged Facebook, Like, unlike 2 Comments
Can Twitter be monetized?
Enough people seem to think so, if Twitter’s rising share price is any indication. But is the market “wrong” on this one? After all, if given a choice, who really wants to waste time following “sponsored” (i.e. paid) tweets? The … Continue reading
Posted in Uncategorized Tagged Facebook, Free, Google+, monetization, Twitter 3 Comments
How likely is it that your boyfriend/girlfriend and you will break up?
Jon Kleinberg, a researcher at Cornell University, and Lars Backstrom, an engineer at Facebook, recently posted this fascinating paper, “Romantic Partnerships and the Dispersion of Social Ties: A Network Analysis of Relationship Status on Facebook,” on the open-access science website arxiv.org. The researchers analyzed a large … Continue reading
Posted in Uncategorized Tagged Dispersion, Facebook, Network Analysis, Relationships 2 Comments
Mark Zuckerburg is a douche
Facebook has very Coasian bounty program for security researchers (i.e. hackers) who find bugs and other “vulnerabilities” on Facebook: it pays people a minimum of $500 USD to report such bugs to Facebook instead of using them or selling them on … Continue reading
Posted in Uncategorized Tagged Bounties, Coase Theorem, Computer Bugs, Facebook, Khalil Shreateh, Mark Zuckerberg Leave a comment