links for 2010-05-08

  • I tried this on 3 browsers. Firefox and Chrome said I was over 90% likely to be female. Safari had me at only 61%. Um, I click like a man more on Safari?…
    (tags: gender tools)
  • EFF blog post that spawned the interactive graphic I just mentioned:

    "To help illustrate Facebook's shift away from privacy, we have highlighted some excerpts from Facebook's privacy policies over the years. Watch closely as your privacy disappears, one small change at a time!"

  • "Facebook is a great service. Facebook hasn't always managed its users' data well. In the beginning, it restricted the visibility of a user's personal information to just their friends and their "network". Over the past couple of years, the default privacy settings for a Facebook user's personal information have become more and more permissive. They've also changed how your personal information is classified several times, sometimes in a manner that has been confusing for their users. This has largely been part of Facebook's effort to correlate, publish, and monetize their social graph: a massive database of entities and links that covers everything from where you live to the movies you like and the people you trust.

    This blog post by Kurt Opsahl at the the EFF gives a brief timeline of Facebook's Terms of Service changes through April of 2010. It's a great overview, but I was a little disappointed it wasn't an actual timeline: hence my initial inspiration for this infographic."

  • Another great Malian musician: "She cut an unconventional figure from the moment she arrived on the international circuit. Here was an unassuming young woman who strummed an acoustic guitar, much like a West African Tracy Chapman, while surrounded by the accoutrements of ancient Malian music. Some of us, frankly, did not know what to make of her a decade ago when she played a low-key show at the Pizza Express Jazz Club in Soho. Could such introverted work ever find an audience beyond a narrow coterie of roots enthusiasts? It seemed unlikely at the time. Traoré pushed on regardless, each successive album experimenting with new sonorities. By the time she released the acclaimed Tchamantché — easily one of the best albums of 2008 — she had incorporated the rough-hewn textures of the rockers’ Gretsch guitar."
    (tags: music africa)

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