Was Privacy An Anomaly All Along?

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Every Monday morning at 7:10 am, I am a guest contributor on CHOM 97.7 FM radio broadcasting out of Montreal (home base). It’s not a long segment – about 5 to 10 minutes every week – about everything that is happening in the world of technology and digital media. The good folks at CHOM 97.7 FM are posting these segments weekly to SoundCloud, if you’re interested in hearing more of me blathering away. I’m really excited about this opportunity, because this is the radio station that I grew up on listening to, and it really is a fun treat to be invited to the Mornings Rock with Terry and Heather B. morning show. The segment is called, CTRL ALT Delete with Mitch Joel.

This week we discussed:

  • Most people are done hearing about the Ashley Madison hack from last week. We know that over 30 million accounts have been released, and that there’s probably a lot of dirt that is going to come out over the next short while about this. Did these cheaters get what they deserved? The more important question, for all of us, is this: is our data safe? Apparently, not. So, are we all ready for a post-privacy world or have we been living it for a long time already? 
  • LinkedIn is making a smart bet. If you want to know about your fellow co-workers, where do you go? Facebook can be awkward, as many use it – primarily – for family and friends. Intranets usually get neglected. Still, everybody, keeps their LinkedIn profiles up to date, so why not use that? Last week, LinkedIn launched, Lookup, a standalone app that will attempt to make you closer to your co-workers. Employees of companies who have opted-in to the service can search for coworkers by name, title or department to see information from their LinkedIn profile, including their skills, work experience, education and work email address. If they want to chat with someone they found through the app, they can email them or message them directly through Lookup. Smart stuff… and this could replace the corporate intranet (if it gets some traction).
  • App of the week: VHS Camcorder for $3.99.

Listen here…