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Minor Infractions — Real Life
When our son turned 12, we gave him a phone and allowed him to use social media, with a condition: He had no right to privacy. We would periodically and without warning read his texts and go through his messenger app. We would follow him on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter (though we wouldn’t comment or tag him — we’re not monsters). We wouldn’t ambush him about what we read and we wouldn’t attempt to embarrass him. Anything that wasn’t dangerous or illegal, we would ignore.


Food for thought. But not yet!
surveillance  family  kids  privacy  online  social-media  teenagers 
15 days ago by jm
Internet Trolls Are Narcissists, Psychopaths, and Sadists | Psychology Today
The relationship between this Dark Tetrad [of narcissism, Machiavellianism, psychopathy, and sadism] and trolling is so significant, that the authors write the following in their paper:

"... the associations between sadism and GAIT (Global Assessment of Internet Trolling) scores were so strong that it might be said that online trolls are prototypical everyday sadists." [emphasis added]

Trolls truly enjoy making you feel bad. To quote the authors once more (because this is a truly quotable article):

"Both trolls and sadists feel sadistic glee at the distress of others. Sadists just want to have fun ... and the Internet is their playground!"


Bloody hell.
trolls  sadism  narcissism  psychopaths  online  trolling  psychology  papers 
september 2014 by jm
Some UX Dark Patterns now illegal in the EU
The EU’s new consumer rights law bans certain dark patterns related to e-commerce across Europe. The “sneak into basket” pattern is now illegal. Full stop, end of story. You cannot create a situation where additional items and services are added by default. [...]

Hidden costs are now illegal, whether that’s an undeclared subscription, extra shipping charges, or extra items. [....]

Forced continuity, when imposed on the user as a form of bait-and-switch, has been banned. Just the other day a web designer mentioned to me that he had only just discovered he had been charged for four years of annual membership dues in a “theme club”, having bought what he thought was a one-off theme. Since he lives in Europe, he may be able to claim all of this money back. All he needs to do is prove that the website did not inform him that the purchase included a membership with recurring payments.
design  europe  law  ecommerce  ux  dark-patterns  scams  ryanair  selling  online  consumer  consumer-rights  bait-and-switch 
september 2014 by jm
The Gardai haven't requested info on any Twitter accounts in the past 6 months
This seems to imply they haven't been investigating any allegations of cyber-bullying/harassment from "anonymous" Twitter handles, despite having the legal standing to do so. Enforcement is needed, not new laws
cyber-bullying  twitter  social-media  enforcement  gardai  policing  harassment  online  society  law  government 
february 2014 by jm
Spy agencies in covert push to infiltrate virtual world of online gaming
[MMOGs], the [NSA] analyst wrote, "are an opportunity!". According to the briefing notes, so many different US intelligence agents were conducting operations inside games that a "deconfliction" group was required to ensure they weren't spying on, or interfering with, each other.
spies  spying  games  mmog  online  surveillance  absurd  east-germany  funny  warcraft 
december 2013 by jm
Online Algorithms in High-frequency Trading - ACM Queue
one-pass algorithms for computing mean, variance, and linear regression, from the HFT world.
linear-regression  variance  mean  variability  volatility  stream-processing  online  algorithms  hft  trading 
october 2013 by jm
"Toxic" behaviour in games is largely from "usually good" people
Only 5% of toxic behavior comes from toxic people; 77% of it comes from people who are usually good. That finding has all sorts of implications for how to stop toxic behavior in an online community. It’s not enough to just ban the jerks; good people have bad days too. Instead you have to teach the whole community what the community standards are. And quickly identify people who are having a bad day, intervene before their toxicity infects too many other people.


Great post by Nelson.
gaming  toxic  bad-behaviour  trolls  abuse  online  games  league-of-legends 
july 2013 by jm
Irish "Millennials" post more negative reviews than anyone else
'Millennials are more negative when it comes to product sentiment. They give more 1-star reviews than Gen X or Boomers; the most negative Millennials in our analysis hail from Ireland, where 12% of them give products 1- or 2-star ratings.' Previously, we tended not to complain -- not any more, it seems
ireland  complaints  whinging  generations  ratings  reviews  via:jim-carroll  studies  behaviour  online  opinions 
june 2012 by jm
Digital Rights Forum - Online Privacy
'The Digital Rights Forum is a public debate on the important issues surrounding digital rights, with each event designed around the general over-arching topic of digital rights, puls a more narrowly focused subject. On Friday, the 18th of May, the forum will tackle the issue of Online Privacy.

With our lives ever more integrated with the web and social media, staying safe online is becoming an increasing concern to everyone. From mobile apps to websites and email, protecting our personal information and online privacy has never been more complicated and more important. Faced with software vulnerabilities such as contacts being leaked onto the Internet by mobile application providers, the increasing push toward revealing more private and personal information on social networks, and attempts by some to protect their businesses through litigation or processes which require the disclosure of personal information, the modern digital landscape has made protecting one's privacy more difficult than ever before.

With this in mind, this Digital Rights Forum will discuss the current state of data protection and online privacy in the current context of social networks and mobile applications.'

Featuring Billy Hawkes (the DPC, no less!), and Devore from Boards.
dpc  digital-rights  ireland  politics  online  security  privacy  data-protection 
may 2012 by jm

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