Articles in category: privacy

Delete Facebook

This is becoming a bit of a tradition: me writing about people who make a New Year’s resolution to quit Facebook. The story is simple: around the turn of the year, there’s a peak in people googling how to quit smoking, but there’s an even larger peak in people trying to figure out how to delete their Facebook account.

Trust instead of algorithms

Various Dutch cities use algorithms to identify potential welfare fraud suspects. Amsterdam doesn’t use such methods: «The city government thinks it’s very important that the use of data mining and algorithms doesn’t have a negative impact on the privacy and the legal protection of citizens».

The Digital City

Amsterdam has a new coalition agreement. The paragraph on democratisation and the Digital City was well received - a London-based researcher from Amsterdam liked the plans so much she decided to translate them into English.

The impact of #deletefacebook

This is turning into a bit of a series: in previous posts, I showed how there’s a yearly peak in people googling “delete facebook” around New Year, the time for New Year’s resolutions. The peak is even higher than for “quit smoking”.

Search Facebook by date

Henk van Ess and Daniel Endresz have created a tool to search Facebook by date or date range. The tool creates a url containing the search criteria (as with Facebook Graph). It uses Javascript to generate the search urls. For example, this is how the date range url is generated:

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