Privacy Worries Inspire A New Wave Of Startups
Ryan Calo, a residential fellow at the Center for Internet & Society, is quoted on reactions to Facebook's privacy policies in this article on investments in Internet privacy startups. Alejandro Martínez-Cabrera of the San Francisco Chronicle reports:
Amid the recent public backlash to the way some of the titans of the Internet handle users' personal data, a slate of ambitious online startups are aiming to squeeze into the fields of social networking and search by touting a stronger focus on privacy.
Four New York University students, for instance, set out in April to create Diaspora, an "anti-Facebook" of sorts. Their platform will aim to provide the same functionality as the popular social network, but will run on open-source software and won't depend on centralized servers, effectively giving users control of their information.
This is not the first time that Facebook has been in the spotlight because of privacy-related issues, but WhatApp.org co-creator Ryan Calo - whose site reviews Web applications based on their privacy, security and openness - believes people have reacted much more strongly this time than in the past.