2018-04-18 / Front Page

Internet in Bloom for The Layperson

Ted Bloom, MLS., MSEd., CPL.,CKMI., NP has been a published columnist in New York since 1999. A CDCR law librarian and instructor with two graduate degrees, some of his credentials include, creating and running a career preparation computer lab for at-risk youth through the U.S. Department of Labor, as well as being a NYS Notary Public, SUNY Communications Instructor, a YMCA Director and a Certified Krav Maga Instructor.  His first book The Librarian's Guide to Employment in the Information Age is now available on Amazon.comTed Bloom, MLS., MSEd., CPL.,CKMI., NP has been a published columnist in New York since 1999. A CDCR law librarian and instructor with two graduate degrees, some of his credentials include, creating and running a career preparation computer lab for at-risk youth through the U.S. Department of Labor, as well as being a NYS Notary Public, SUNY Communications Instructor, a YMCA Director and a Certified Krav Maga Instructor. His first book The Librarian's Guide to Employment in the Information Age is now available on Amazon.comThere is plenty of Internet news lately in the media.  Consider Facebook's Chair, CEO and multi- billionaire, Mark Zuckerberg, being brought before Congress, for a two-day interrogation on questions of global privacy violations involving the personal content of its many users being sold to corporations for profit.  Facebook uses facial recognition technology which accurately identifies people through any pictures posted on Facebook.com, regardless if that individual even knows about it or has given Facebook permission to use the image.  One solution is to delete your Facebook account.  There are several Internet sources one can visit for more details on this growing dilemma:

The first one I recommend is www.RT.com's The Big Picture program with Journalist Holland Cook.  Go to www.rt.com/shows/big-picture and search for his show titled: How Much Tech is Too Much Tech?  Published on October 14, 2017.  It features Cyber-security expert John McAfee, who reminds us that when you download an app to your phone or other device, there is no free lunch.  In return for the app you are sacrificing your privacy, as the software will generate ads or track your online purchases and even your locations.

Next consider Director Josh Grolin of the Campaign for a Commercial Free Childhood (CCFC), www.commercialfreechildhood.org.  The CCFC educates the public about commercialism's impact on kids' wellbeing and advocates for the end of child-targeted marketing.  For example, they believe that Facebook's new messenger kids app should be outlawed because of related studies that indicate excessive time on social media causes depression, body dysmorphia and insomnia.

Lastly, historian and author, Thom Hartmann, www.ThomHartmann.com, reminds us that Google is far more dangerous and intrusive than Facebook, because Google is much more technically ubiquitous.  Google tracks all of your locations once you agree to download Google apps on your device.  Google knows your search histories, including what you have deleted.  Google also owns the most popular public video posting site to date: Youtube.com.  Watch Thom's latest video rant on the subject at www.ThomHartmann.com/bigpicture/facebook-watching-you-and-you-have-no-privacy.  Vigilance!  


 

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