August marks the 70th anniversary of the use of nuclear bombs in Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Even before those events, civil rights and anti-colonial activists were linking racial issues to anti-nuclear advocacy. We consider that history of opposition to the bomb from the likes of Bayard Rustin, Paul Robeson and Malcom X and apply that historic context to the recent news of the Iran nuclear deal.
Facebook boasts more than 400 million users — a group that includes Americans of all ages. But a handful of controversial changes to the network’s privacy settings — unveiled with little fanfare or explanation — have alarmed users and prompted a backlash on the Internet. We examine why small changes to the most visited Web-site in the country are triggering global pushback.
- Rob Pegoraro Personal Technology columnist, The Washington Post
- Ryan Singel Staff Writer, Wired
- Tim Sparapani Public Policy Director, Facebook
Sparapani on Privacy Changes
Facebook Public Policy Director Tim Sparapani defends the company’s privacy changes against a recent onslaught of criticism, citing Facebook’s extremely rapid growth as a challenge. “Some of the privacy settings we put in place over a period of years do not actually provide real privacy when you grow that quickly,” Sparapani said, which is one of the reasons for the recent adjustments to those settings:
Last week, “This Week in Technology” host Leo Laporte walked his audience through the steps necessary to permanently delete a Facebook account by getting rid of his own:
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