OneZero: A Pseudonym Helped Me Cultivate a Healthier Relationship With Social Media

OneZero: A Pseudonym Helped Me Cultivate a Healthier Relationship With Social Media. “We face a universal problem: how to manage your personal and professional identities. How much is too much when it comes to what you share? How much do you rely on social media to manage your life or to fill a void? It all comes down to boundaries. Boundaries are about building imaginary fences around real things.”

Palo Alto Online: Anonymous Confessions pages are surging in popularity on high school and college campuses. Why?

Palo Alto Online: Anonymous Confessions pages are surging in popularity on high school and college campuses. Why?. “In September, [Sergio] Charles started Cardinal Confessions, a Facebook page for students to anonymously share confessions of all kinds, both light-hearted and serious — stress, insecurities, relationship angst, questions about a course or grades, politics, campus gossip. He wanted to create a positive online community that would open up real-life conversations and create connections on a campus well-known for ‘duck syndrome’ — a metaphor for students, like ducks, acting calm on the surface but paddling furiously to stay afloat (even though ducks are inherently buoyant).”

Motherboard: Leaked Document Shows How Big Companies Buy Credit Card Data on Millions of Americans

Motherboard: Leaked Document Shows How Big Companies Buy Credit Card Data on Millions of Americans. “Yodlee, the largest financial data broker in the U.S., sells data pulled from the bank and credit card transactions of tens of millions of Americans to investment and research firms, detailing where and when people shopped and how much they spent. The company claims that the data is anonymous, but a confidential Yodlee document obtained by Motherboard indicates individual users could be unmasked.”

Wired: A Facebook Bug Exposed Anonymous Admins of Pages

Wired: A Facebook Bug Exposed Anonymous Admins of Pages. “Facebook Pages give public figures, businesses, and other entities a presence on Facebook that isn’t tied to an individual profile. The accounts behind those pages are anonymous unless a Page owner opts to make the admins public. You can’t see, for example, the names of the people who post to Facebook on WIRED’s behalf. But a bug that was live from Thursday evening until Friday morning allowed anyone to easily reveal the accounts running a Page, essentially doxing anyone who posted to one.”

Newswise: ‘Throwaway’ social profiles may have a place on some platforms, with some topics

Newswise: ‘Throwaway’ social profiles may have a place on some platforms, with some topics. “We’ve heard of them in the world of online dating, with teens trying to avoid the watchful eyes of mom and dad, and with scammers and foreign accounts trying to cheat us or convince us of a lie to gain profit or our vote. Social media companies have promised to crack down when they are able to identify these temporary accounts. Now, new research from the University of Michigan shows that so-called throwaway profiles on some platforms can be good for adults who need to open up and test the waters on subjects that might cause them shame or pain if they were to share as themselves.”

MakeUseOf: How to Quickly Create Temporary Email Addresses With YOPmail

MakeUseOf: How to Quickly Create Temporary Email Addresses With YOPmail. “When you want to safeguard your privacy online a good place to start is by using a disposable email address. It allows you to sign up to services or send messages anonymously, or just cut down on the amount of spam your real email address receives. One of the best options for creating temporary email addresses is YOPmail. Let’s take a look at how to use it.”

Online anonymity is a lie: Research challenges privacy protection frameworks (BetaNews)

BetaNews: Online anonymity is a lie: Research challenges privacy protection frameworks. “The research, recently published in Nature Communications, has demonstrated that it is possible to reconstruct the real identities of individuals from sampled and anonymized information in datasets. using a combination of only fifteen basic demographic attributes such as age, ethnicity, marital status, number of children etc.”

SwissInfo: Study finds Big Data eliminates confidentiality in court judgements

SwissInfo: Study finds Big Data eliminates confidentiality in court judgements. “Swiss researchers have found that algorithms that mine large swaths of data can eliminate anonymity in federal court rulings. This could have major ramifications for transparency and privacy protection.”

Exclusive: Messaging app Telegram moves to protect identity of Hong Kong protesters (Reuters)

Reuters: Exclusive: Messaging app Telegram moves to protect identity of Hong Kong protesters. “The update to Telegram, planned for release over the next few days, will allow protesters to prevent mainland Chinese and Hong Kong authorities from discovering their identities in the app’s large group chats.”

Ars Technica: Anonymous “Anonymous Cowards” are, for now, not welcome on Slashdot

Ars Technica: Anonymous “Anonymous Cowards” are, for now, not welcome on Slashdot . “On August 9, tech news aggregator Slashdot quietly removed one of its earliest features, which had been available to all visitors since its founding in 1997: the ability to post comments as an ‘Anonymous Coward.’ And while the feature returned within five days, it returned in a largely nerfed format.”

Lifelong anonymity orders: do they still work in the social media age? (Phys .org)

Phys .org: Lifelong anonymity orders: do they still work in the social media age?. “Lifelong anonymity orders for adults who were convicted of crimes as children are rarely granted. In theory, these orders legally prevent a person ever being identified. But given that information is now shared at lightning speed across different platforms, can these orders still work in practice?”

Rapsi News: E-mail user identification bill submitted to Russia’s lower house of parliament

Rapsi News: E-mail user identification bill submitted to Russia’s lower house of parliament . “A group of members of the Federation Council introduced a bill on e-mail user identification to the State Duma. The document was published Tuesday on the database of the parliament’s lower house.”

The New York Times: In Hong Kong Protests, Faces Become Weapons

The New York Times: In Hong Kong Protests, Faces Become Weapons. “As Hong Kong convulses amid weeks of protests, demonstrators and the police have turned identity into a weapon. The authorities are tracking protest leaders online and seeking their phones. Many protesters now cover their faces, and they fear that the police are using cameras and possibly other tools to single out targets for arrest.”