The NYT’s “Privacy Project”

At a time when privacy is a hot button for social media platforms, The New York Times has taken notice. On Friday, the newspaper launched what they call The Privacy Project, which capitalizes on readers’ concern for user data-sharing.

“The boundaries of privacy are in dispute, and its future is in doubt,” The New York Times says on its web site describing the project. “Citizens, politicians and business leaders are asking if societies are making the wisest tradeoffs.”

I love that journalism is playing hardball with someone like Mark Zuckerberg, net worth of $62.3 billion according to Forbes. After all, it is these social media giants like Facebook that have shrunken most local newsrooms across the country. They continue to steal newspapers’ advertisers and spread fake news, all the while advocating for more local news journalism.

The Privacy Project publishes articles addressing our greatest privacy fears (“Facebook Is Stealing Your Family’s Joy” and “Do You Know What You’ve Given Up?”) while also realizing technology “can best help realize human potential.” Its stories are interactive, asking readers to draw a line where they feel most comfortable with privacy boundaries.

This latest from The New York Times will be a great read and one that sparks debate about something we all can relate to.