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Rant On Data & Privacy: Wake Up - Knowledge Is Power!

There was (it has since been pulled from the app store) an iPhone app called "Girl's Around Me" that literally did just that... found all the girls around you with links to pictures and information about them. Basically it was an aggregate of Facebook and Foursquare's API, which used Location Services to track where girls are. Brittney weighs in as a woman technologist and how this really isn't unexpected.

We also discussed Lewis Hill, the founder of the Pacifica Foundation, and how - Pacifica, Facebook, Foursquare, and Google - are more similar than we think.

Google and Facebook in the most positive light, as originally being founded to try to solve for the same thing as Lewis Hill and the Pacifica Foundation... In terms of treating people as individuals and creating communities and spaces where people can share ideas. Now Facebook and Google... make the argument that you could have a for-profit company and using technology you can treat people as individuals by doing hyper-targeting advertising... I don't know if this is going to be successful or not, but these conversations around privacy... The demands on an organization to both make enough revenue to support itself while also preserving the intention or values of its founders... I think we all need to be conscious of this new technology and the changes, and use our wisdom and values to make decisions about how we use this technology.

Brandon Barney



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