Tuesday, 15 January 2008

Facebook and neocon libertarianism

Tom Hogkinson, writer of "How to be Idle" and "How to be free", comments on the ownership of Facebook in the Guardian yesterday. He provides details of the political/philosophical outlook of the three major funders/owners, painting a somewhat disturbing picture for those who are keen to upload their lives onto Facebook's server farm. Of course, two of the owners are major players in new technology investment and Facebook isnt their ownly 'finger in the pie'. The question of whether their attitudes matter or not, is a valid one, since many of us buy products and services from other companies without questioning their political standpoint. One of the main differences, though, with technologies such as Facebook is the gathering and harvesting of personal data and information and to make this point, Tom summarises some interesting paragraphs from the Facebook use agreement.

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