When Social Networks Conspire to be Sinister

thenextweb-0521_secret_android-798x310Remember Secret? It’s the network that allows you to send messages anonymously and it will be integrating with the Russian social network VKontakte
‘Russia’s one of those places where people could benefit from more privacy protections for their digital conversations. Fortunately, anonymous messaging app Secret is rumored to be teaming up with Russia’s largest social network VKontakte on a new set of secure communication features. The Secret integration into VK won’t just be limited to pulling in a person’s address book; it will also use that social data to add “a new dimension” to the service. What that is exactly, we don’t know. My guess is that the tools will give you a greater degree of control over how secure your communications are, even if you’re not entirely anonymous.

‘Secret, the iOS and Android app that lets you share messages anonymously, is working on an integration with the popular Russian social network VKontakte (VK), The Next Web has learned. The partnership will involve more than simply offering VK as a new option in Secret’s share window, however. We’re told that the company wants to add “a new dimension” to who users interact with and receive messages from. It sounds like Secret wants to pull people’s contacts from VK – not just their address book – and notify them when one of their friends posts a message. Secret branched out of the US in April and is now available worldwide. As data from App Annie shows, the app has proven to be quite “sticky” in Russia; the iOS version was ranked fourth overall in the App Store on May 28…’

Does the Amazon-Hachette Debate Affect Writers?
‘The publishing industry . . . is not concerned with ideas, which makes this fight over content (where it’s controlled, how it’s distributed) so ironic.

‘The Atlantic believes the future of ideas is at stake. It’s not a new argument: the less money coming in, the less a publisher doles out in advances, the less we evolve culturally, and so on. The Hachette fight, pitted as the David to Amazon’s Goliath, treats this contractual dispute as an important clash not just between businesses, but in the evolution of ideology.

‘That’s exactly what you’d expect when people think they’re more important than they are.

‘Dax’s reply was perfect:

“I find myself looking at this conversation as inside baseball. It’s not about me, has nothing to do with me. It’s the business of capitalism. How many writers have been screwed by big publishing and its obsession with celebrity books? Please. Spare me.”‘


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Poch is a Bookrix author and a freelance writer. He is a frequent contributor to TED Conversations.
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