A flurry of newspaper articles highlight albeit in dramatic fashion, an important issue about privacy and children’s digital rights when parents posts photos and details about their childhood on social media. The research report from Alexis Hiniker at the University of Washington and Sarita Schoenebeck at the University of Michigan is illuminating about children’s views.
Currently Facebook strips out EXIF data that contains location information in photos posted on Facebook, providing a degree of protection for adoptive families who post photos but need to guard their location. This feature has not pleased some groups of professional photographers who argue that the feature prevents them from inserting metadata that’s important for … Read more
Most digital cameras record the GPS coordinates of a photo you take in the EXIF metadata. This means that anyone you share a photo with can learn exactly where (and when) the photo was taken. In addition, there are other ways in which you can be located from photos you post online. When you share … Read more
The problem is you can’t rely on social media to automatically remove location data from photos you post online. Currently Facebook automatically strips out the EXIF information (that contains location coordinates) from uploaded photos. They do this for privacy reasons. They also strip out the IPTC information that professional photographers insert (eg on your wedding … Read more
How to cope with unexpected birth mother contact Susan Ogden from Adoptions Together describes how her agency developed their response to help adoptive families and birth families navigate their relationships online, and the lessons that she and her agency have learned one family at a time. The presentation was given as part of the 5th Rudd … Read more
Adoption Podcasts There are now over 20 podcasts focused on the topic of child adoption that provide information, education and support to adoptive parents and adoptees. I’ve listened to most of them and here I’ve picked three I found most interesting and useful and which illustrate the range that’s available. What are podcasts? If you’re … Read more
In 1992, just after commercial restrictions were lifted on what then became the Internet, and at the dawn of the World Wide Web, I published the book Contexts of Computer-Mediated Communication, which brought together the writings of some of the key researchers in the new field of computer-mediated communication. The book combines theoretical analyses of … Read more