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Mark Weinstein
Mark is a leading privacy advocate, visionary social networking pioneer, award-winning author, and the founder of MeWe. At the turn of the millennium, Mark founded SuperFamily and SuperFriends (both became PC Magazine "Top 100" sites), which were precursors to today’s social networks. In 2011, he founded Sgrouples, the world's first privacy-centric social network, which served as a beta platform for the development of MeWe, whose Advisory Board includes Web founder, Sir Tim Berners-Lee and the founder of Conscious Capitalism, Raj Sisodia.

As one of the world's foremost privacy advocates, Mark has served as a Steering Committee Member of National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace (NSTIC), and has been named Privacy by Design Ambassador by the Information and Privacy Commissioner of Ontario, Canada. He has been interviewed on countless media outlets, including FORBES, CNN International, Fox News, ABC, and over 650 radio stations around the world. Mark is a Huffington Post technology blogger and has also been published in USA Today, InfoSecurity Magazine, and Dark Reading.

Mark is featured as a speaker and panelist at many conferences, including the 16th Annual Privacy and Security Conference, Global Security Conference, GMIC Silicon Valley, and has keynoted recently at GMIC New York, Security BSides Vancouver, and the upcoming Customer Experience Asia conference in Singapore.

A successful athlete, Mark was a silver medalist in the 2005 USOC State Games of America (tennis) and has climbed Kala Patthar, an 18,500 foot Nepalese peak. He is also an expert on individual and organizational greatness and is the author of the (2x Indie Book award-winning) HABITUALLY GREAT book series, endorsed by the late Dr. Stephen Covey. Mark received his BA from the University of California, Santa Cruz; and his MBA from the Anderson School of Management at UCLA. He currently resides in the heart of Silicon Valley.

Entries by Mark Weinstein

Microsoft/LinkedIn Discard Privacy in Remarkable Merger

(1) Comments | Posted June 13, 2016 | 6:28 PM

The announcement that Microsoft is acquiring LinkedIn makes good business sense for Microsoft. This gives Microsoft direct access to hundreds of millions of LinkedIn members, who are essentially "customers" in the business world - individuals, entities, etc. And Microsoft has plenty to sell them. On the other hand, Microsoft also...

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Are Microsoft and Apple Defending Our Constitution?

(0) Comments | Posted April 20, 2016 | 4:34 PM

Remember King George III? If not, thanks to Broadway, we can stream his tunes on the sublime "Hamilton" soundtrack for a little recall. Of course that's King George in song, whereas I am talking about King George the dictating monarch and bully imposing his governmental whims on the...

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FBI vs Apple: Defining Our Constitutional Future

(8) Comments | Posted February 19, 2016 | 4:15 PM

The landmark battleground lines have been drawn in the fight between the government and the private sector regarding encryption technology. The FBI wants to get into the technology business. Wait, strike that. They want to get into our business by cracking the code and being handed the key to unlock...

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A Millennial Wake Up Call to All Presidential Candidates

(1) Comments | Posted January 24, 2016 | 2:37 PM

They just don't get it. Five zillion Presidential candidates (or so it seems) and not one in tune with what young Americans want from the Internet. Millennials today view going online as a core component of their identity and existence. It's an extra appendage, their personal concierge. They use it...

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What Your Fitbit Doesn't Want You to Know

(1) Comments | Posted December 21, 2015 | 4:53 PM

Got a fitness tracker? If not, perhaps there is one coming to you soon, under the proverbial Christmas tree. According to Gartner, more than 130 million of these devices got shipped out in the past two years. I get why too. They're amazing little gadgets. According to Fitbit,...

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Encryption Is Not The Problem

(5) Comments | Posted November 23, 2015 | 1:06 AM

The recent, senseless tragedies in Paris and Mali are mind benders that cause us to once again question the fairness of life and the world at large. It seems that we have these moments weekly if not daily nowadays. Random, seemingly inhuman shootings and killings are happening all around us...

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Steve Jobs' Greatest Notoriety: Elevating Tim Cook

(0) Comments | Posted October 11, 2015 | 2:26 AM

Steve Jobs is back all over the media and movie screens these days - as Hollywood portrays its take of his genius and his warts. At the end of the day (not the movie), Jobs' greatest notoriety may indeed be elevating Tim Cook to be his successor. Not because of...

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Ashley Madison's Privacy 'Oops'

(0) Comments | Posted September 9, 2015 | 6:36 AM

Ashley Madison is a different kind of company -- feeding the appetites of the curious, the forlorn and the insatiable. Could that have been you? There aren't many worldly entities designed to encourage extramarital affairs beyond momentary encounters, but here is one that promises delectable treats for all who would...

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Sex, Poop and Social Media

(0) Comments | Posted July 20, 2015 | 11:56 AM

Last September, faculty members at Colgate University tried to strike back against racial posts and bathroom wall chatter posted on Yik Yak with a campaign of positive messaging. "Yik Yak Take Back" had the best intentions, but as one might expect, no long-term results. As Colgate biology professor...

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Why Does Europe Hate Silicon Valley?

(3) Comments | Posted June 23, 2015 | 10:30 AM

Americans love sightseeing in Europe. Europeans love jetting around the United States. We admire the Beatles, French Impressionists, Belgian chocolate, and a host of other European cultural icons and sights. They adore Taylor Swift, New York City, our Hollywood films and much more. It's a virtual lovefest, until you start...

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Hello Facebook, Goodbye Privacy: FB's Rogue "Hello Android" app

(3) Comments | Posted April 30, 2015 | 2:58 AM


Smartphones these days tend to be more about the "smart" and less about the phone. With all the cool apps and features we can use on our devices, the phone almost seems an afterthought. Facebook must have felt the same way...

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Creepy, Remarkable Reveal: Facebook Watches You Even If You Are Not A Member

(1) Comments | Posted April 13, 2015 | 3:18 PM


What constitutes a bug? A bug is an insect. A bug is an illness passed along from the person in the cubicle next to you. A bug can be a glitch in programming code. So why am I talking about bugs? Because

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Google's Remarkable Monopoly on Data Intrigues Europeans

(1) Comments | Posted April 7, 2015 | 10:39 AM

In Monopoly the game, you buy properties, pay fines, and try to stay out of jail. You win by charging people for trespassing and making your opponents go bankrupt. In that context, it's probably not the best teaching tool for children.

In monopoly, the real-life big business version, you use...

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Europe's Remarkable New War on Facebook

(1) Comments | Posted March 29, 2015 | 4:51 PM

2015-03-29-1427660260-298313-images.jpeg Remember the name Max Schrems. He's a European David firing his slingshot at the modern-day Goliath you know as Facebook. Last August, the Austrian law student and privacy advocate filed a class-action lawsuit against Facebook, claiming the company's privacy policy violates...

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Your Privacy -- Qualcomm, Suicide, DARPA: Top Trending Stories Today

(0) Comments | Posted March 20, 2015 | 2:24 PM

As we move forward into March Madness, we look back at the hottest trending online privacy stories and discover a different form of madness. Some of the news is good, some is bad and some sends a message of hope for our future. Take a look and decide which is...

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5 Newsworthy Privacy Stories Today

(0) Comments | Posted March 9, 2015 | 6:03 PM

When it comes to online privacy, you can never be too careful. Ah the caveat - in order to be careful, you must stay informed. In addition to my regular HuffPost musings, this marks the first of a series of weekly columns designed to quickly and dare I say entertainingly...

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Verizon's Super-Cookies Are Spying on You Right Now

(2) Comments | Posted February 3, 2015 | 3:07 PM

Remember when the only cookies were the delicious kind that you couldn't stop eating? Those were the days. Sadly today the most prevalent cookies are the inedible kind. No, not those dry shortbread butter ones your grandparents send to you annually in a festive tin can. I'm talking tracking cookies,...

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7 Cool Ways to Have Fun Online While Protecting Your Privacy

(2) Comments | Posted January 23, 2015 | 10:55 AM

Jennifer Lawrence nude photos leaked online. Sony emails hacked. Facebook tracks us everywhere and experiments with our emotions. Google steals our passwords and networks. Snapchat pictures don't disappear. "TRUSTe Certified" is a fraud. Federal marshals trick...

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Patriotism & History: Lessons from Sony

(0) Comments | Posted December 21, 2014 | 2:15 PM

As I was sorting through all the chatter concerning the "Sony Hack" fiasco, I came across a funny comment from someone lamenting how decades from now their children and their children's children will find a page on James Franco and Seth Rogen in their history book. Yes, that...

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Wordplay Run Amok: Et Tu, TRUSTe?

(0) Comments | Posted December 15, 2014 | 12:57 PM

"Friends", "Likes", "Cookies", and now "Trust", what is happening to words we loved so much? How could one industry wreak such distortion on these heartwarming, smile producing utterances? Say it isn't so! Incredible, truly, it is so. Yes, even TRUSTe ends up not being so trusty after all....

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