My pal, Roy Christopher, interviews danah boyd [she uses only lowercase letters in her name.] boyd gave the keynote speech at the 2009 SXSW Interactive Conference in which she famously ripped Google CEO, Eric Schmidt, a new one over his stance on online privacy. Privacy is a very tricky subject, one that has different meanings amongst different cultures, and it's a subject that shouldn't be taken lightly. People do care about their privacy contrary to what people like Schmidt might think.
danah boyd is one of the very few people worthy of the oft-bandied title “social media expert” and the only one who studies social technology use with as much combined academic rigor and popular appeal. She holds a Ph.D. from UC-Berkeley’s iSchool and is currently a Social Media Researcher at Microsoft Research New England and a Fellow at Harvard University’s Berkman Center for Internet and Society. As the debates over sharing, privacy, and the online control of both smolder in posts and articles web-wide, boyd remains one of a handful of trustworthy, sober voices.
boyd’s thoughts on technology and society are widely available online, as well in the extensive essay collection, Hanging Out, Messing Around and Geeking Out (MIT Press, 2009). In what follows, we discuss several emerging issues in social media studies, mostly online privacy, which has always been a concern as youth and digital media become ever more intertwined.
Read the interview: Privacy = Context + Control