[MEDIA] Does social media require parental consent til aged 16?

This morning this story broke: The European Parliament is set to vote on Tuesday on new rules that could see teenagers banned from internet services such as Facebook, social media, messaging services or anything that processes their data, without explicit consent from their parent or guardian. The last-minute amendment to the new European data protection regulations would make it illegal for companies to handle the data of anyone aged 15 or younger, raising the legal…

Facebook hubs may influence grades

Useful thinking about university course Facebook groups, which students typically set up themselves: At the start of term there is “a big rush” to create the most popular Facebook site for each course, Dr Steele-Davies said, pointing out it is likely that a number of students will attempt to set up a Facebook group designed to act as the online hub for students on a particular degree. “You may not be aware, but this can…

Five Labs Personality Typing

A fascinating test came in via my RSS feed - using the last nearly 3000 words from Facebook stati, photos, etc. they decided that I'm not very extroverted.... erm... Based on the initial responses to the site on Twitter, “people seem to identify pretty strongly with the personalities we generate,” said Nikita Bier, the co-founder of Five, which is working on a product for online conversations that will use similar technology. “Only about 10 percent…