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Entries Tagged as 'Transparency vs. Secrecy'

Seth Godin: We Have No Privacy—Do You Really Care?

September 23rd, 2010 · Comments Off · privacy, Transparency vs. Secrecy, Web 2.0/Social Media


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Faked Photos: Is There No End to BP’s Stupidity?

August 2nd, 2010 · 4 Comments · Business Ethics, propaganda, Transparency vs. Secrecy


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A Chance to Confront Racism

July 21st, 2010 · 5 Comments · Diversity, language, People Helping People, Shel's Personal Life, Social and Economic Justice, Transparency vs. Secrecy

“I’ve been beating myself up for not challenging your racism when you expressed it. So today, I’m going to stop beating myself up and tell you that I didn’t appreciate your put downs of those who look different from you, and I’ll not have you cut my hair again.” Then stand still and listen for dialogue. It may be quite vitriolic, but you may be able to go deeper. And you owe him that much.

You do this, not for his soul, but for yours. But there may be a side benefit of reaching his, too (maybe not right away).

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Tim O’Reilly & SF Chronicle on Facebook Privacy Changes

May 21st, 2010 · 1 Comment · Business Ethics, Marketing Trends/News, privacy, Transparency vs. Secrecy, Web 2.0/Social Media

Personally, I go into the online world with the expectation that there is no privacy. And therefore the specific changes don’t bother me over-much. But as someone who writes about ethics, I have a problem with obtaining consent for one restricted set of behaviors and then wildly expanding it while requiring opt-out (and difficult opt-out at that) rather than opt-in. It’s nothing more than an electronic form of bait-and-switch–something I find unethical and in fact argue against in my latest book on business ethics, Guerrilla Marketing Goes Green: Winning Strategies to Improve Your Profits and Your Planet (co-authored with Jay Conrad Levinson).

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Manipulative Biofuel-Industry “Survey” Guaranteed to Create Biased Results

March 22nd, 2010 · 5 Comments · Energy & Sustainability, Ethics: General, Marketing Techniques and Philosophies, Politics, propaganda, Transparency vs. Secrecy

I am totally sure this so-called survey will be used to trumpet the citizens of Massachusetts’ supposed stance in favor of biofuels and against the proposed law. While the law’s definitions could be sharpened, I actually feel that eliminating nuclear power and large-scale wood-burning biomass plants from being counted in the progress toward a Green economy is a GOOD thing.

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Media is Complicit in Accepting Tiger Woods’ Scripted, Unquestioned Apology

February 19th, 2010 · 2 Comments · Media Ethics, media-general, propaganda, Transparency vs. Secrecy


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TSA Subpoenaed My Friend For Telling the Truth

December 29th, 2009 · 1 Comment · censorship, Ethics in Government, Protests and Crackdowns, Transparency vs. Secrecy


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Ben Franklin: Genius and Contradictions

November 27th, 2009 · 10 Comments · Business Ethics, Entrepreneurship, Ethics: General, propaganda, Publishing, Transparency vs. Secrecy


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The Unethical Nature of Anti-Competitive Behavior

October 26th, 2009 · 1 Comment · Business Ethics, Transparency vs. Secrecy


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Sidewiki Makes Me Question Google’s “Don’t Be Evil” Mantra

October 7th, 2009 · 2 Comments · Business Ethics, Ethics-International, Media Ethics, Transparency vs. Secrecy, Uncategorized, Web 2.0/Social Media

mmediate spark of this post (which has been brewing for over a week), is my deep concern about Google’s Sidewiki.Sidewiki, as I understand it, allows users who have the Google Toolbar installed to comment, unmoderated, in an area that appears on the left side of the webpage–but those comments are only visible to others who have the Toolbar installed! Among the many evils this can lead to: spamming, blocking site owners’ sources of revenue (or even replacing them with links that benefit those commenting), loss of control over one’s own website, black hat search technique, slander of site owners or contributors, unethical business practices such as deceptive advertising, and even something as simple as wrecking the aesthetic and content integrity of a carefully designed website

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