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Whats mine is yours.

In the recent uproar of the alleged attempt from the Anonymous Group to shutdown Facebook on November 5th  2011 in response to their privacy policy. It has sparked me to consider these “hacktivists” might have a valuable security message to be voiced higher than just precariously on the walls of Facebook.

When typing “Hacking into Facebook …” into our fellow Google search it became alarming to know my sentence was finished with passwords, messages and personal information.  Posed with the question “could it be this easy?” I discovered programs free to download claiming ways to access your Facebook “friends” information. It leads me to believe anyone with brains a grudge or malicious intent could transform into a hacker.

At first there was the temptation to see if these programs could unveil the secrets of the social network, however this was soon followed by ultimate panic as I switched over tabs to try and delete any promiscuous, secret, and damaging information which may be lingering between the walls and the private.  To be found looking for the delete button on my account Facebook reveals  you had to submit an online request asking for the permanent deletion of your details and account.

With potential loop holes in Facebook’s privacy settings expressed by the Anonymous Group through their online video. It is daunting to know electronic pickpocketing can be exercised by the mother Facebook itself and corresponding Internet savvy citizens. As the Anonymous group have previously been responsible for cyber-attacks on the Pentagon, News Corp, and others.

The shutdown of Facebook is ultimately protesting for the privacy of users, as the Anonymous group debates “Facebook has been selling information to government agencies and giving clandestine access to information security firms so that they can spy on people from all around the world.”  (Message from Anonymous: Operation Facebook, Nov 5 2011, YouTube 2011)

Putting into prospective if Facebook were a country it would be the fourth largest (Social Media Marketing Revolution 2009)  and for me the Anonymous Groups video release is enough to give pause. As the old saying goes everything that happens in Facebook stays in Facebook as changing your privacy settings to something a little more secluded is all but a delusion.


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Online health information: risky business or consumer wonderland?

New media has opened the information doors for healthcare. A new concept of using search engines to Organize, track, monitor and secure medical information online has been introduced. Google has recently added a feature called Google Health to their internet based service. It enables consumers to store health information online, with features such as setting personal goals, tracking progress and personalizing your health needs with applications and devices.

This idea of a “self managing citizen” discussed by Lewis (2006, 523) explores how new media has significantly shifted the healthcare industry providing many opportunities but also challenges.  The internet offer’s targeted health information which is able to target consumers as an individualized DIY subject (Lewis 2006, 522). However with consumers having access to vast amounts of online health information can lead to mixed messages regarding health advice and wrong diagnosis. As Lewis (2006, 523) discusses the possibility of an epidemic of misinformation.

The question is who is responsible when something goes wrong? It is clear there has been a shift from public responsibility to now the individual (Leong 2011). As we incorporate medicine 2.0 (Leong 2011) into our digital worlds it is important to consider what Faith Lee states consumers are now the gatekeepers of their own personal health information.

Lee, Faith. 2011. “DIY health. Are we becoming our own doctors?” Faithchantal’s Blog. Accessed April 4, 2011. 

Leong, Susan. 2011. “KCB: 206 New media: week 6 lecture notes.” Accessed April 4, 2011.

Lewis, Tania. 2006. “Seeking health information on the internet: lifestyle choice or bad attack of cyberchondria?” Media, Culture and Society 28 (4): 521-539.

Shemissedhowhewouldkissher. 2011. “Just Breathe.” Image.  Accessed April 10, 2011.


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