[nexa] Slate: "How to Block the NSA From Your Friends List"

J.C. DE MARTIN demartin at polito.it
Fri Jun 21 09:23:26 CEST 2013

Verso il fondo si citano social media decentralizzati come
MediaGoblin, Identi.ca, Diaspora, ecc.

juan carlos

How to Block the NSA From Your Friends List**
By April Glaser and Libby Reinish | Posted Monday, June 17, 2013, at 
11:12 AM

After recent revelations of NSA spying, it's difficult to trust large 
Internet corporations like Facebook to host our online social networks. 
Facebook is one of nine companies tied to PRISM----perhaps the 
largestgovernment surveillance effort 
world history. Even before this story broke, many social media addicts 
hadlost trust in the company 
Maybe now they'll finally start thinking seriously about leaving the 
social network giant.

Luckily, there are other options, ones that are less vulnerable to 
government spying and offer users more control over their personal data. 
But will mass migration from Facebook actually happen?

According to aPew study 
weeks before news of PRISM broke, teenagers are disenchanted with 
Facebook. They're moving to other platforms, like Snapchat and (Facebook 
owned) Instagram, the study reports. This is the way a social network 
dies---people sign up for multiple platforms before gradually realizing 
that one has become vacant or uninteresting. Myspace, for instance, took 
years todrop off the map 
By 2006 Myspace reached 100 million users, making it the most popular 
social network in the United States. But by 2008, Facebook had reached 
twice that number, less than two years after allowing anyone older than 
13 to join the network.

Benjamin Mako Hill, a fellow at the Berkman Center for Internet and 
Society, thinks Facebook's ability to connect people and bind them to 
the social network is overrated to begin with. "Facebook didn't exist, 
what, 10 years ago," he says, and in 10 years, he thinks, "a company 
called Facebook will exist, but will it occupy the same space in our 
culture? That's certainly not something I'm willing to take for granted."


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