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Onine Privacy Is Important, Even If You Have Nothing To Hide

Something for people in the “I have nothing to hide so I don’t care about online privacy policies and protection” camp to consider:

In the summer of 2009, Neda Agha-Soltan became the face of the Iranian Green Revolution after her tragic death by gunshot was caught on cell phone camera and uploaded online for the whole world to see. The international media rushed to put a face to the victim–but the face they used was that of another Iranian woman by the name of Neda Soltani, who was still very much alive.

The living woman’s image was lifted by the press from a social networking site and not fact checked. When Neda Soltani tried to correct the error, protesters threatened her. When she submitted a photo to a news organization in an effort to verify her identity and set the record straight, the news agency used the image as an “exclusive” photo of the dead woman.

The full On The Media interview is worth a listen. Even if you “have nothing to hide,” it still makes sense to check and amp up your Facebook and social media privacy settings on a regular basis.

One Response so far.

  1. living-the-dream says:

    (RE: hibu cold call to journalism students from 2012)

    I know this is an old post, and I certainly agree with your stance…however, I’d like to take it a step further and give you an insight behind the people sending those emails. I am married to one of these lucky hibu publication managers. They are set up with the worst equipment on earth, sorely underpaid and saddled with the most ridiculous deadlines and workloads. They expect one person to be responsible for 12 publications…or more. These people work from their homes, without ANY reimbursements from this company. My spouse works 24/7 – in fact, the entire family does – so these ridiculous deadlines can be met. There are three people in my home that I consider currently employed by hibu…because there is no way my spouse could do this alone – in fact, most can’t. We have no free time, we use our own car and fuel, our own electricity, internet, phone, supplies – everything. All they give us are printer ribbons, an outdated laptop (on lend) that is beyond clunky, a cheesy camera that makes you look like a joke when attempting to use their “press pass” to get a shot…and software that is obviously bargain-basement on a server that is constantly cutting out, being worked on or inoperable in some shape, way or form. You try to save one page of a 32-page publication and you sit there for an hour watching the hourglass spin. It takes an entire night to save anything as a PDF and heaven forbid your contributor wants a copy of the magazine – hibu is too cheap or scatterbrained to send it. And for that? WE deal with the complaints. For me? I feel that, if you’re doing something for nothing? The least the company can do for you is send you a copy of your work. You can’t even get this from these people…and neither can the guy sending you that email. Yep, the entire family cold calls, writes content, takes photos and more….for what? For $50K a year and no expense reimbursements. NADA, NOTHING, ZILCH. So, knock that salary down even lower.

    So, I totally understand where you’re coming from…however, the guy sending you that cold call?? He’s far from the person you should be chastising. The grenades needs to be thrown a bit higher up the food chain. Most of these people cold calling? They are desperate people who have spent years in the Journalism or PR field. They are the laid off, the semi-retired, or the old that no one wants any more. My spouse has held a career in the print business for over 30 years. Now? He/She gets lectured by kids half his/her age, works 24/7, lays out a ton of our own money to get the job done and – yes – sends those emails…out of pure despair. Trust me – I see the shame and embarrassment in his/her eyes every time a freebie cold-call gets sent. It’s not something these people want to do – they do it to survive…like most in this failing business do.

    Best of luck to all the up-and-coming Journalism students out there. The only advice I can give is that you better LOVE it….because you sure as hell aren’t going to get paid well doing it…and the threat of layoff will constantly hang over your heads – especially the older you get. Sorry, just my personal experience. If I were you, I’d go to dental school… Good luck!

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