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5) Think You Can Live "Under the Radar?" Better Leave Social Networking

…because your social networking is creating a HUGE footprint for those who want to predict what you would buy, say, or do. In fact, a recent study (2017, actually; it’s probably even worse now) established that your social networking footprint can help big-data experts predict with as high as a 95% accuracy rate exactly what you’re up to. If you were thinking of staying under the radar, maybe better go low-key on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. : )

 

arxiv.org/abs/1708.04575v1

 

(Thanks Greg.)

11) WhatsApp Transition is Still Filled With Questions

As of now, a lot is still up in the air about Facebook’s decision to merge WhatsApp with Messenger and (of all things) Instagram. Our earlier item mustered several insightful comments. See those at…

 

www.brigada.org/2019/01/27_25705

 

One Brigada participant tried to speak my language with his anonymous comment. “There’s a lot of information that’s missing overall.  Because WhatsApp was phone number based, I was always skittish about it to begin with. The purchase by Facebook didn’t help. This isn’t THE nail in the coffin, but it sure seems to be attaching another side panel at the least. IF they actually do bring true end-to-end encryption, and not end-to-server encryption or some other such word twist, to the other platforms then that is somewhat hopeful news. However, I have a feeling that there will be a good amount of meta-data leakage in whatever they create. From what I understand, most find that it’s connections, not the content, that is of the most value. Those connections, the meta-data, are things like who’s talking to whom and what are the relationships that are in common between the groups.  Having the phone number is a valuable piece of meta-data. [And here’s the part in which he started talking my language. : ) ] Being able to say that this phone number likes M&Ms and talks to this phone number who likes M&Ms, and all these M&M lovers like to watch Jack Bauer, so these phone numbers will probably like Jack Bauer, is essentially marketing gold. Now replace M&Ms with a street drug and “like Jack Bauer” with “have a police record”. Take it a step further with your imagination regarding a Police State….” I get his drift. I’ll leave his name out of this discussion (because, as you can see, he’s security conscious, but the truth is — he’s spot-on. Time will tell. Either way, with all of the security lapses of which Facebook was accused over the past year, can we really believe they’ll pull off this kind of confusing merger and make it secure? That’s the question.

8) Digital Media Strategy For Making Meaningful Faith Decisions

Mission Media U (MMU) is an online learning platform designed to train Christians to be more effective in making disciples and establishing churches. Their course, “Foundations of New Media Strategy,” is starting February 14 and running through March 14. Each week in the 5-week course requires 3 hours of work per week including a one-hour live instruction session. For more information, go to

 

www.missionmediau.org/courses/foundations-of-media-strategy/

 

11) Have You Been Following “WhatsApp?”

whatsappBrigada user, Becky, first tipped us off to the app called “Whatsapp,” a cross-platform messaging application which, essentially, allows you to text for free for a year. But in addition to texting, Whatsapp is essentially creating its own social networking site, too. Learn more at…

http://www.whatsapp.com/

You can create groups, send unlimited images, and audio media messages. Why does this make me think that WhatsApp would be great for reporting back to prayer groups and supporters? :-) Some would say that it has an edge over Facebook in that it’s ad-free. (Thanks Becky!)

 

 

 

12) Nextdoor.com: The Neighborhood Gets an Online Home

Sure there’s Facebook. But, as we’ve mentioned before, nothing beats Nextdoor.com when it comes to taking the neighborhood online. Why? First, no ads (for now). Second, private. Every user in your neighborhood had to verify his or her address. Third, custom. It isn’t designed to do photo-sharing, social networking, or give directions. It has one cool purpose: Bring the neighborhood together online. And it works. And later this year, Nextdoor.com will likely go international. Keep an eye on it. Learn more at…

http://www.nextdoor.com

7) Missions Agencies’ Use of Social Media —

By now it is clear that social media is not simply a fad or a cool tool for the younger generation. It is a profound shift in how people around the world communicate & collaborate. As wonderful as social media is, it does represent some unique challenges for missions agencies that work in restricted access countries. Brian works for an agency with missionaries in some very sensitive areas. He is aware of the security issues related to social media, but is also aware of the potential benefits of maintaining a social media presence (and the costs of not doing so). What lessons are you learning in all these areas? What, for you, are the most relevant Twitter hash tags related to missions, unreached & unengaged peoples, ministry to Muslims, etc. What social media training that has been developed to help prepare missionaries (and missions agencies) to be more wise in their use of social media. Just click “Comment” below and, as always, feel free to comment anonymously if you work in a sensitive situation. Let’s make this comment trail a fountain of information to help Brian and all others who are interested in these topics.

4) Tools to Help Companies Manage their Social Media —

From Brigada Today’s Uganda desk, here’s an article with leads on tools for organizations that want to monitor their employees’ use of social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter. Some think this could be important, especially as it relates to security in so-called sensitive fields. See the article in the New York Times at…

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/11/15/business/media/15social.html?_r=1

(Thanks for the tip, Lissa.) You know, I’m not kidding. She actually does work from Uganda, sometimes using a rechargeable Coleman lantern to finish deadlines, yet she still finds these stories custom-discovered for Brigada participants!)

6) More on Social Networking Sites

facebook.gifI continue to be interested in your protocols on social networking sites like Facebook. Some have expressed grave concern about their ramifications.  For example, one anonymous Brigada participant wrote this past week to share the procedure that his agency has embraced:

“Because of the responsibility we have as a ministry, all volunteers, visitors or workers who wish to be part of the project. will now be required to refrain from using social networking websites to make contact with the young people or children we work with via the internet or email.  Any contact will be through us.”

To others, this might seem “over the top.” What’s your opinion? For background, please see our earlier discussion on this at:

http://www.brigada.org/guidelines-for-social-networking

To comment or ask questions about this topic, or to paste in a copy of the protocol at your own church or agency, just click “Comment” below the web version of this item.

8) Tried KingdomBook.com? If so, please report

kingdombookI’m curious about KingdomBook… at

http://www.kingdombook.com

It’s apparently a Christian social networking site that has built in multi-lingual translation tools (50 languages), training materials (they tout 500 resources), videos, and more. They ask us to sign up for two weeks, but they don’t tell us how much it’ll cost us after that. Can anyone save us all some time by giving us the scoop in the comments below? Like… how’s it working out? Is it helpful? What users might benefit from it? Thanks for any help… if you’re a KingdomBook user. (And thanks to my buddy, Eric, for putting us on to this.)

4) Guidelines for Security on Social Networking Sites

reachglobalThanks much to ReachGlobal, who shared with us their guidelines for social networking sites. The author, their Dir. of Special Initiatives, was kind enough to grant us permission to publish it here as a seed for further thoughts on how to relate to Facebook. Thanks for your work, your unselfishness, and your willingness to help all of us grapple with these issues, Lindsay!

http://www.brigada.org/guidelines-for-social-networking

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