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Facing Up To Facebook Fears

My weekly Law Bytes column (Toronto Star version, homepage version) examines the recent controversy associated with Facebook, including student suspensions for postings and the Ontario government decision to ban access to the site for thousands of bureaucrats and elected officials. I argue that while the merits of Facebook is open to debate – some love it, others hate it, and many simply do not understand what the fuss is about – there should be no debating the fact that many of these policy responses are unnecessary, knee-jerk reactions to an emerging social phenomenon that is poorly understood.

The recent backlash against Facebook has generally on centered around two concerns – derogatory comments and workplace productivity (ironically missing the real sources of concern such as the privacy impact of posting deeply personal information). 

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May 7, 2007 14 comments Columns

Facing Up To Facebook Fears

Appeared in the Toronto Star on May 7, 2007 as Let's Face It, Facebook is Here To Stay Facebook, the enormously popular social media website, has attracted a remarkable amount of attention in recent weeks.   On the heels of several high profile cases of student suspensions for posting negative comments […]

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May 7, 2007 6 comments Columns Archive

Ontario Government Bans Facebook for Bureaucrats

The Toronto Star reports that the Ontario government has banned bureaucrats, political staffers and most MPPs from accessing Facebook from government computers. Update: The CBC covers the story with video on Facebook and the government decision. 

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May 3, 2007 4 comments Must Reads

CBC on Online Video Sharing

I spent an hour yesterday talking about the impact of online video and social media on CBC's Ontario Today.  The discussion and callers highlighted the great benefits (ie. musician talking about the benefits of the Internet) and the anxiety that some parents feel about their kids interaction with MySpace, Facebook, […]

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January 24, 2007 1 comment Must Reads

Ottawa Grocery Chain Fires Employees over Facebook Posting

The Ottawa Sun has the details on the firings.

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January 18, 2007 44 comments Must Reads