Stewart Baker: Why Privacy Will Become a Luxury

Stewart Baker, the former assistant secretary for Homeland Security, talks with Julia Angwin about the need for balancing privacy rights with security concerns. In The Big Interview, Mr. Baker explains why privacy may one day be a luxury available only to the privileged and the rich.


Who Owns Your Name on Twitter?

The Wall Street Journal, The Decoder column

Social networks can be friendly places, but they are not democracies. Nor are they free markets. They are authoritarian regimes with whimsical and arbitrary rules.

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Facebook: Can It Be Tamed?

The Wall Street Journal, The Decoder column

My Facebook account is becoming unmanageable. It’s filled with updates, notifications, messages, wall postings, pokes, notes, friend requests and group requests (and that’s just a small sampling of it all). My Facebook correspondents range from professional contacts, to friends and family, to people I don’t really know at all.

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Recipe for a Successful Viral Video Campaign

The Wall Street Journal, The Decoder column

When Judson Laipply posted his six-minute “Evolution of Dance” video to YouTube in April of 2006, he didn’t advertise it at all. One month later, someone noticed his frenzied moves and e-mailed it to a friend. That friend e-mailed to other friends and more than 100 million views later, the rest is history. “It was all just pure luck” Mr. Laipply says.

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A Problem for Hot Web Outfits: Keeping Pages Free From Porn

To Help MySpace Sell Ads, Photo Site Hires Checkers And Tests Software Filters

The Wall Street Journal, Page One

DENVER — Working quickly, Photobucket.com employee Jeff Gers can look at nearly 150,000 images on his computer screen during an eight-hour shift, or about 300 a minute. His job is to find and destroy anything that might cause offense, a task that’s getting harder all the time.

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