Interact: Sign the Privacy Petition

May 13, 2010

Busy, busy, busy! Life’s pulling all of us in many directions. You too?! Well alright then!

Here’s something short and sweet that we can all do. Sign the Facebook Privacy Petition proposed by MoveOn.org . Our chief writer doesn’t care for MoveOn in the slightest but I was able to talk them into letting the petition link up on here. So do us all a favor – and do me a favor because I went through a stupid discussion just to post this… Just sign it OK?

“Sites like Facebook must respect my privacy. They should not share information about me or my friends with other companies without my explicit permission”

http://civ.moveon.org/facebook/?rc=fb

Simple? Yea so sign it!!!!


Interact: Write Senator Schumer

April 26, 2010

We’re sort of on hiatus this week since work is nuts now but, what we have done is devised another assignment for you this week. A more awesome assignment.

We’ve written a form email for you to send on over to Senator Schumer. Mr. Schumer might go to bat for us in Facebook’s recent infringement. All you have to do is copy, click this link, paste the email and fricken’ click submit!

You’d be surprised how much more effective writing a Politco is than standing out in front of a corporation screaming about something completely different from the other dude screaming next to you… protesters are less effective. Write a fucking letter. Write our fucking letter!

Could not be easier – so GET TO IT! EMAIL HIM RIGHT NOW!



“Senator Schumer –

Unethical business practices run rampant in the USA everyday undermining what our democracy could be.

Facebook is absolutely no exception and so I ask you to ignore their requests to “sit and talk.” They’re determined to change the definition of personal privacy for everyone, even those who don’t use Facebook, without sitting down and talking to us about it. Facebook hasn’t offered us, users and non-users alike, a fair platform to honestly negotiate. The company is so despicable they’re ready to take their shady practices to the legal platform, charging the US Tax Payer a cost in legalities just to derive a simple and ethical outcome. Something they’re fully capable of doing, but refuse to do.

Facebook has already spent the Canadian and UK Tax Payer’s money. Please don’t let them spend anymore of ours than need be.

A company that cannot implement its own fair ethics and fair business practices is a danger to overall democracy. Facebook is a hindrance to democracy. Please send Facebook, and all corporate/totalitarian regimes/companies, a message by ignoring their call for arbitration. Someone needs to put their foot down and humble these white-collar criminals.

Also – there has been started a collection of privacy issues online at
facebookwatchdog.wordpress.com .

Thank You –
Taxpayer [insert your name]  ”





Interact: Test Yourself

April 22, 2010

This is the easiest and perhaps most interesting and critical test you could do this month. Never mind your exams. We’ve tried this the last few months and are disgusted with the results.

1. Do this: Search your “First & Last Name” + “Facebook” – and don’t use Google, that ‘s like failing the test before even starting. Use Scroogle and keep track of the results.

A. How is your online presence represented? Overall how do you come off looking?
B. How much do you appear in the public forum?
C. Is what you’re doing in the public forum something that you’d get shit for if the TSA started using Google’s public forum to screen you?
D. Would you delete your full profile right now if Facebook made everything in your profile public today?

2. Tell us in a comment what you expected to see and what the results were.

It’s frightening to see one thing, let along 12 when you’re using a network that was promoted to be closed and then opened up against your wishes. What will they share about you next? It’s safe to bet it could be as shitty as what is on your police or CIA record… except worse because it would be full-out public where it’s hard to prove shit like employment and economic/income discrimination. No one likes to be singled-out. It’s a dog eat dog world out there, and there are a lot of shitass dogs. Why make yourself more vulnerable than you already are?

We’ve got a lot to go in and clean up ourselves and we suggest you get to it too.

Happy “Deleting!”