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CNN: Deanna Zandt Turns a Critical Eye to Facebook

May 21, 2010

Last week, 18-year-old Australian Nona Belomesoff was murdered by Christopher James Dannevig, a stranger she met on Facebook.  In response to this tragic event, CNN International interviewed Progressive Women’s Voices alumna Deanna Zandt – media technologist and author of Share This! How You Will Change the World with Social Networking – on Tuesday about concerns over Facebook’s security. Speaking candidly as an international authority, Zandt eloquently described Facebook’s current security drawbacks and the danger of users’ unawareness.  Asked if Facebook is here to stay, Zandt answered that “certainly what we’re seeing with the popularity of Facebook is indicative of a larger cultural phenomenon where people have a real, human primal need to connect with one another.”  Though this cultural phenomenon may persist, Zandt argues, social networking will gradually be integrated into our operating systems and (hopefully) take on stricter open standards. For more on Deanna Zandt’s work and the security concerns of social media, read WMC’s coverage of her appearance at the Free Press Summit opening panel last week.