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Aug. 19 2010 — 9:49 am | 106 views | 1 recommendations | 2 comments

My Forwarding Address at Forbes

Activity here at True/Slant has wound down, as you know.

(Well, except over at David Rees’s page. He threw an “Empty Hotel Party” earlier this month, which involved tapping the keg in Conor Friedersdorf’s comments.)

The Not-So Private Parts will party on, too, but it will be over at Forbes.com. You can find the NSPP (with archives intact, including your past comments) over at http://blogs.forbes.com/kashmirhill/.

I hope past readers will continue to follow and to comment over there. My latest post is on Facebook’s new location-check-in service, “Places.” Next week, I myself will be checking in to an eco-tent in the Virgin Islands, but I’ll be back in the full swing of blogging after that.

Follow the Not-So Private Parts at Forbes.

Jul. 30 2010 — 12:31 pm | 380 views | 1 recommendations | 7 comments

End of Days (Not Really, Though)

The physical True/Slant space

True/Slant, an incredible news site with an amazing team, is closing up shop soon. I was privileged to be part of that team on the night the site launched last year and to be among the site’s talented cadre of writers, many of whom are saying “Goodbye” here.

I have been honored to write about privacy, law, & technology for the site. It allowed me to harass Mark Zuckerberg; find and share cool stuff with my readers; expose ridiculousness; use the word ’skank’ repeatedly; ponder the state of privacy in today’s world; and share lived experiences when privacy and digital living collide.

I have enjoyed getting to know my readers and fellow True/Slanters, and I know our digital bonds will live on. After all, the Web means never forgetting. And I think that’s a good thing.

Do not worry, faithful readers. The Not-So Private Parts will continue on. Details forthcoming. In the meantime, please keep in touch by friending me on Facebook or LinkedIn, or following me on Twitter. I would give you my cell phone number, but that’s gone poorly before.

A special thanks to Lewis, Coates, Michael, Andrea, Steve, and Roger for imagining and creating a tremendous space for writers and readers.

Jul. 28 2010 — 2:49 pm | 690 views | 0 recommendations | 2 comments

Mark Zuckerberg gets the Gawker Stalker treatment

Photo from Gawker

Ryan Tate at Gawker decided to sic a paparazzi on the man who brought an end to online privacy, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, over a long weekend. You can check out the photo shoot here. The photos must be a bit old because he still has his iPhone in them, and I noted yesterday that he’s moved on to the Android.

You may find the photos a little disappointing. Like my experience lurking in the life of a fellow New Yorker, Gawker’s biggest discovery is that Zuckerberg is not actually very interesting. At the end of the day, most people are pretty boring… which may be the best privacy protection we have.

Jul. 27 2010 — 5:45 pm | 2,645 views | 0 recommendations | 5 comments

Mark Zuckerberg gets an Android, and misses his privacy a little

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Mark Zuckerberg may be regretting his decision to keep his Facebook profile privacy settings so low.

Last month, Mark Zuckerberg announced in a status message that his new iPhone wasn’t rocking his world. He wrote on his Facebook wall, “This week I got an iPhone. This weekend I got four chargers so I can keep it charged everywhere I go and a land line so I can actually make phone calls.” He added in a comment that his old Blackberry hurt his thumbs, and that he would switch to iPhone 4 or to the Android.

Ryan Tate at Gawker wrote a post about the update: Facebook CEO Disses iPhone (which got over 100K views). Tate is a close follower of Zuck’s page, having also picked up a video the CEO was tagged in, of him “icing” one of his employees.

Zuck has since made good on his promise and purchased an Android, if his Facebook wall is to be believed:

But he may not want that reported. The man who has allegedly said he doesn’t believe in privacy seems a bit irked about his loss of privacy…

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Jul. 27 2010 — 9:53 am | 386 views | 0 recommendations | 8 comments

Facebook developers accidentally excite the Internet with a ‘Delete Account’ option

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Yesterday, several of the privacy thinkers that I follow on Twitter tweeted a piece on Slashdot about a big change at Facebook:

Facebook have quietly added the ability to delete you account. ‘Deactivate Account’, under Account Setting, has become ‘Deactivate or Delete Account’, and when checked it purports to permanently delete your account and all information you have shared. Facebook is actually willing to erase your data permanently? They must be counting on very few people doing so.

People seemed quite excited about this. As Nick O’Neill put it on AllFacebook, the “Web [went] crazy.”

Apparently, they overreacted…

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    About Me

    I am a writer, reporter, editor and blogger. I'm an editor at Above The Law, where I blog about lawyers, judges, law firms and the legal industry. Here at True/Slant, I write about our changing notions of privacy.

    If you have story ideas or tips, e-mail me at kashhill@trueslant.com. I've hung out in quite a few newsrooms over the last few years. Currently, I can be found in Breaking Media's Nolita office. In the past, I've been found in midtown Manhattan at The Week Magazine, in Hong Kong at the International Herald Tribune, and in D.C. at the National Press Foundation and the Washington Examiner.

    I have few illusions about privacy -- feel free to follow me on Twitter: kashhill. Or friend me on Facebook... though I might put you on limited profile.

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    Contributor Since: March 2009
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    What I'm Up To

    • Staying Above The Law


      Over at Above The Law, I write about lawyers, law firms, judges and the legal industry.

      We especially like “colorful news.” (Yes, that’s a euphemism for gossip.)

      Check out the site here and my stuff here.


    • Writing with real ink

      While most of my writing occurs online at Above The Law and True/Slant, I do occasionally venture into the world of print.  These are some of the magazines and newspapers that I’ve written for:

      The Washington Post

      Washingtonian Magazine

      Time Out New York

      The Orange County Register

      The Washington Examiner

    • Recent projects

      washingtonian issue for tsThe latest (and longest) “real ink” project: the cover story for Washingtonian Magazine’s December issue.

      While I’m usually a writer and reporter, I’m sometimes asked to play pundit. In November, the New York Times asked me to write a mini op-ed for its Room for Debate blog. In December, BBC radio asked me to talk about Mark Zuckerberg and Facebook privacy settings for its Newshour (19:00 minute mark), based on this True/Slant post.

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