Verified on Facebook

How to Get Verified on Facebook: A Step-by-Step Guide

Dara Fontein

Which Facebook verification badge is right for you?

There are two types of Facebook verification badges, so you want to make sure you apply for the right one.

If you are a public figure, media company, or large brand, you can apply for the blue verification badge.

If you are a smaller or local business or organization, you can apply for the gray verification badge. For businesses with multiple brick and mortar shops and a Facebook Page for each, you can add the gray verification badge to Pages for specific locations.

the Facebook scandal

My note: In the last week, Facebook and Cambridge Analytica were in the middle of the scandal; where they both in kahoot by misappropriating 30K user’s data and trying to manipulate Western voters? Now, Cambridge Analytica is pointing to a Moldovan-born, Russian (St. Petersburg’s University) teaching recipient of Russian government grants. Is there a “Russian” connection? Are all culprits innocent, as they claim, or hey are hiding something?
This issue becomes the epitome of our class: social media issue, turning into a global issue.
What are your thoughts about it?

It is remarkable, reading Kogan, to hear him repeat literally the strong advice by Aral Balkan (shared in this blog: and resonated by Dr. Cal Newport (also shared in this blog, namely – the FREE offers by the big tech companies (Facebook, Google, Amazon etc.) are NOT free, you pay with your privacy…
What is your take on this issue? Do you follow [and support] #quitfacebook #deletefacebook?

Facebook scandal: I am being used as scapegoat – academic who mined data

Cambridge University researcher Aleksandr Kogan says he is being unfairly blamed by Facebook and Cambridge Analytica


#ltc2018 main speaker

Posted by InforMedia Services on Wednesday, March 14, 2018

main speaker is talking about Caleris : a company, which is censuring Facebook posts

DuckDuckGo privacy free service

Privacy is not about whether or not you have something to hide.
Privacy is about having control over what you want to share and what you want to keep to yourself.

To yourself. That is the definition of private. Private is not between me and Google, or between me and Facebook, it is for my eyes alone and we need to reclaim that definition.

There is a reason why privacy is a human right, a fundamental human right.

A human right that’s enshrined in the universal declaration of human rights in article 12, because without privacy we do not have civil liberties. Civil liberties are built on a bedrock of privacy. If we make public the default, then anything that we want to keep private by definition has an association with guild attached.


Biometric Data And The Rise Of Digital Dictatorship

February 28, 201811:42 AM ET

On Jan. 24, historian and international best-selling author Yuval Noah Hararipresented his view of the future at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. Harari wrote Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind and also Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow.

In a riveting 25-minute presentation, Harari painted a very gloomy — but possible — view of the future, based on his thesis that we are now in our third grand revolution: the control of data, following the control of land (Agrarian Revolution) and the control of machinery (Industrial Revolution). The point of no return, Harari contends, will happen when technology will be able to extract high-precision biometric data from people and report back to a centralized decision-making control system, owned by governments or by corporations — or both.

Who is going to have control over this data?
How is this wealth going to be regulated?
We have laws that regulate land and machines.
What are the laws that regulate data and the privacy of individuals?
Are people willingly going to give away their privacy, their biometric info, to a centralized data processing unit?


A Year of DuckDuckGo – a review

I’ve been using DuckDuckGo as my default search engine instead of Google for about 12 months. This is why I could never go back.

  1. Privacy
  2. Quality of Search
  3. Design
  4. Customisation
  5. Instant Search
  6. !bangs


social media and newsmedia

Holding the powerful accountable, using data

Insights on the state of investigative journalism in Brazil, Serbia and the USA

Go to the profile of Marianne Bouchart
a group discussion on Slack last week and gathered Amita Kelly of NPR(USA), Jelena Vasić of KRIK (Serbia) and Tiago Mali of ABRAJI (Brazil) to discuss the challenges of holding the powerful accountable using data.
Who is KRIK?
is with KRIK


Hey, Mark Zuckerberg: My Democracy Isn’t Your Laboratory