Friday, January 04, 2008

Rough Type: Nicholas Carr's Blog: Scoble: freedom fighter or data thief?

A very important reality check from Nicholas Carr -- read the full post 

The great revolutionary activist of our day, Robert Scoble (or "Che Scoble," as Mike Butcher says), is battling for the ideal of data freedom with the evil forces of Facebook. At issue, writes Kara Swisher, in a post titled "Free the Scoble 5,000!!," is "how much control you should have over your own information online." Mathew Ingram chimes in, saying "there’s no question that the information itself should belong to Scoble."

Sounds black and white. Scoble: good. Facebook: evil. But it's not quite that simple. When Scoble broke into Facebook's databank, he opened a Pandora's Box, and I would argue that neither he nor Facebook is in the right.

Rough Type: Nicholas Carr's Blog: Scoble: freedom fighter or data thief?

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