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In the New York Times, DataPortability

Michael Broukhim on September 11, 2008

Camille Sweeney has written a wonderful piece in tomorrow’s New York Times about TotSpot and the growing trend of parent-child social networking. 

Several of our most active users were interviewed for the article, including Nathan Chase and Erin Carrasco (if you’re interested in speaking to reporters about us in the future, send us a note).

The article also interviews, John Palfrey, about whose book, Born Digital, Adam wrote about a couple weeks ago. Professor Palfrey touched on an issue that’s very important for us at TotSpot:

Mr. Palfrey warns that parents posting the intimate details of their children’s lives need to ask not only who has access to this content, but also who owns it.

Kudos to Sweeney and the New York Times for highlighting this important and underreported issue. From Day 1, we’ve been committed to a “Your Kid, Your Content” policy and the values espoused by the DataPortability group.

Right now, our commitment manifests itself in small ways on the site, such as the ability to re-download your photos in their original, full resolution. We’re looking forward to making some more significant progress on this front with product announcements in the coming weeks and months.

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Sharing a public version of your child’s TotSpot Page | Totspot Blog

[...] For tips on safely sharing content about your child, check out this post on the Zooloo blog (I wonder what Zooloo is?). The post also brings up some important questions about DataPortability - a movement we’re a big supporter of at TotSpot. [...]

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