“I think Facebook is awful!”…Making kids care about online privacy

The author and blogger Cory Doctorow is a self-described ‘cyber utopian’, who has written of the web’s power for creating a better future: “I conclude that the net is helping millions of people wake up to the fact that they can do something about the causes they care about and that some fraction of those people will go on to do more, and more, and more”.

So it might seem a bit strange that this champion of the internet should be maligning Facebook in such withering terms, even comparing the world’s top social network with the behaviourist experiments of B.F. Skinner. In this TED Talk, Doctorow speaks about Facebook is not simply a value-neutral network created to link people but an online world based on a business model and about making online privacy a bigger issue with younger people.

With all the excellent criticism by the likes of Tim Wu, Malcolm Gladwell and Evgeny Morozov, it is refreshing to get similar points of view from someone who is an insider and not a professional cyber-critic.

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