Over recent weeks, Mark Zuckerberg has been talking about how Facebook will be doing more to protect our data from prying eyes - both outside and within Facebook. But the company has skirted around many of the real issues and, while talking big, has kept the real game in the shadows.
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Facebook's annual developer conference, F8, has kicked off with beleaguered CEO and Chairman, Mark Zuckerberg, announcing a stack of changes to the Facebook experience. The company's centrepieces, its mobile apps and website, are getting a massive redesign with a renewed focus on groups as well as a much cleaner look and feel.
Some leaders grow into their roles while others aren't able to grow at the same pace or in the right ways to support the businesses they create. This is the crossroads at which we find Mark Zuckerberg. On one hand, he has been able to take Facebook from little more than an online version of a college directory into a global network. On the other, he hasn't put in place the governance and controls that are incumbent on a global information management company. So, where does he stand and what can we learn from Mark Zuckerberg?
Didn't you think Mark Zuckerberg is tall? According to a 2010 New Yorker profile, he's "only around five feet eight, but he seems taller, because he stands with his chest out and his back straight, as if held up by a string." Wired writer Graham Starr thinks Zuck seems tall for another reason: He stages his photos to exaggerate his height.
Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg has published a ramble on how he thinks a "privacy-focused communications platform will become even more important than today's open platforms". And while its hard to find someone on the planet that is an anti-privacy advocate, is Zuckerberg really the person we trust to help build that? At least he admits Facebook doesn't "currently have a strong reputation for building privacy protective services". Here's what he thinks a privacy-focused social network could look like.
After ten hours of testimony to representatives of the US Congress, and having his speaking notes "leaked", Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg can get back to business. But the last two days have proven one thing - the US government (and I suggest all governments) are clueless about what to do about a virtual country that has a population of about 2.2 billion people that is "governed" by a young man who has shown himself to be clueless about how to deal with the significant privacy issues his college-project-gone-wild has created.