Kashmir Hill on Facebook, I-of-T and NSA
Kashmir Hill, Forbes’s Senior Online Editor and Writer for “The Not So Private Parts” Column, returns to CLBR. We discuss some of these recent columns of hers:
See also – The Great Facebook Experiment Train Wreck.
Forbes Not-So Private Parts Blogger Kashmir Hill returns to CLBR to talk about the top Cyber stories and Cyber Person of the Year Forbes Not-So Private Parts Blogger Kashmir Hill returns to CLBR to talk about the top Cyber stories and Cyber Person of the Year
Bennet speaks with Forbes Magazine staff writer and author of the Not So Private Parts blog Kashmir Hill, who calls herself a privacy pragmatist, writing about the intersection of law, technology, social media and our personal information. Bennet speaks with Forbes Magazine staff writer and author of the Not So Private Parts blog Kashmir Hill, who calls herself a privacy pragmatist, writing about the intersection of law, technology, social media and our personal information.
Kashmir grew up in Sarasota, Florida. Her first major brush with technology was playing Frogger and B.C. on a Commodore 64, and her first brush with social media was in the form of AOL chat rooms. After studying Italian/European Studies and Political Science at Duke University, she moved to Washington, D.C. to work as a paralegal at Covington & Burling, mainly assisting on white collar crime cases. The firm sent her to New York in 2004 to write daily legal memos about the infamous Tyco trial and its $6,000 shower curtain. She also did a six-month pro bono rotation at Neighborhood Legal Services, where she worked on housing and family law and Social Security benefit cases.
In 2007, she did a two-month internship with the Washington Examiner, which led her to apply for journalism school. In 2008, she became an editor of the legal blog, Above The Law, writing daily posts about the legal industry, the law, law schools, and colorful persons therein; spent the summer in Hong Kong working for the International Herald Tribune on their Olympics coverage; and in the fall, enrolled at New York University to pursue a masters in magazine journalism. During her time at NYU, she interned with the Week Magazine. She also began working for and writing for True/Slant, a website that was later bought by Forbes. True/Slant was the first media outlet to host her blog, “The Not-So Private Parts,” about the intersection of privacy, social media, and technology. During this time, she broke quite a few privacy stories, including a law school class’s building a dossier on Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia (which he wasn’t happy about) and the exposure of Mark Zuckerberg’s private photos thanks to changes to Facebook’s privacy settings in December 2009.
In 2010, after Forbes bought True/Slant, Kashmir left Above the Law to become a full-time staff writer with the business magazine. She moved the Not-So Private Parts to the Forbes platform, and began focusing more on business topics and the impact of technology and social media on the work place. She has written about the use of social media in corporate espionage, the rise of self-surveillance technologies, and has profiled prominent figures in this space, from Danah Boyd, a digital anthropologist working for Microsoft Research, to Joe Sullivan, Facebook’s chief of security.
Kashmir Hill writes about technology, social media and privacy at Forbes. She often writes about the business world’s trials and tribulations when it comes to their LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter accounts. Oftentimes, the focus is on the trials rather than the tribulations, highlighting social media strategies from “The Bad Idea File” and tweets that deserve her “Social Media Idiocy of the Day” award. In this module, she hopes to steer participants away from ever being featured in an article like that.
She has been on BBC Radio, NPR’s On The Media, C-Span, RT, and Al-Jazeera, among others, to talk about privacy issues. She has also spoken to classes at Yale University and Colorado State University about privacy and media. She lives in San Francisco.