rDigital News: Zuckerberg’s anti-NSA rant, teaching privacy to the next generation, and more

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This week, tech news gave us a glimpse into the future and what privacy concerns and new standards of surveillance our society is heading towards. From making private confessions public to preparing the next generation for a future without online privacy, this week’s headlines indicate that our digital lives are becoming more public, whether we like it or not.

Here is our roundup of this week’s rDigital News:

What happens when a homicide confession goes viral

“My name is Matthew Cordle and on June 22, 2013, I hit and killed Vincent Canzani.”

That was the shocking confession from a 22-year-old Ohio native Mathew Cordle, posted to YouTube, September 3, 2013. Within 48 hours, the video—produced by the because I said I would” organization—went viral and has since been seen by more than 2.6 million people.

Screenshot from the "I killed a man" viral video
Screenshot from the “I killed a man” viral video

In a feature story published this week, Buzzfeed contributor Joel Oliphint asks the question:

Where is the line between personal contrition and public spectacle? 

Mark Zuckerberg takes on Obama and the NSA

This past Thursday, Mark Zuckerberg decided that online surveillance has gotten out of hand and it is time to do something about it. So, he called up Obama.

According to a post from the Facebook founder’s official page, Zuckerberg phoned the President and voiced his concern that the U.S. government’s NSA program is damaging our future as a connected society and reform to privacy laws is taking far too long.

“The internet is our shared space. It helps us connect. It spreads opportunity. It enables us to learn. It gives us a voice. It makes us stronger and safer together. To keep the internet strong, we need to keep it secure,” writes Zuckerberg.

While the social network founder’s concerns are valid, some media called him out on the fact that Facebook has had a history of privacy issues and makes user data available to allow advertisers to target their ads.

Social media privacy being taught in schools

Back in my day, our “social network” referred to the group of friends that we saw at school, parties and soccer games, but for today’s generation, these terms have taken on a whole new meaning. Children are growing up in a digitally connected world and while technology offers up new and exciting opportunities for the future, it also presents new challenges for keeping kids safe.

In the same way that children are taught not to speak to strangers, they now have to learn best practices for interacting online, according to a recent survey by MediaSmarts. CBC news covered this story, speaking to teachers, students and experts about the concerns for keeps growing up in our digital age.

As Ramona Pringle discovered in our recent Walrus TV privacy series, we are no longer in “The Age of Innocence“:

 

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