"Did I really want you to know that?" Privacy in the social media age.
With the advent of social media and now the flood of location-based social tools, we can find out a huge amount of information about each other, sometimes even more than we might be entirely comfortable with.
Through a humorous account of a day in the life of a social media junkie, this session is aimed at showing you what's out there about you, highlighting some of the horror stories of privacy invasion, and discussing where the lines should be between the personal and the private in the online world. The session will also touch on the hot topic of location-based services and how this new bridge to the physical and digital has shaken up the way we should weigh what we share and who we connect with.
Daniel Cowen is the Co-Founder & CEO, Echo Labs Limited (developer of Echoer). Originally from London, England, Daniel graduated from Pembroke College, Oxford in 2003 with a BA Hons. in Oriental Studies.
Daniel subsequently studied law, working as a lawyer in the UK and Hong Kong, before launching into the startup world with Last Night Never Happened, an iPhone app aimed at deleting all of your social networking misdemeanours from the night before. Last Night Never Happened, billed as the "morning after app", was featured by the likes of CNN Money, Mashable, Gizmodo, Huffington Post, Time Magazine Online, and many more.
In early 2011, Daniel and his co-founder Davin Sufer began developing Echoer, a new location-based social network aimed at letting you see what the people around you are thinking in real-time. Echo Labs mission is to develop revolutionary social media products that allow users to interact with the information and places around them in an engaging and meaningful way, combining user recommendations, locality and timeliness.
Winner of the LeWeb'11 Google People's Choice Award, Echoer is currently beta testing in Canada, with the full launch scheduled for early April 2012.
Daniel currently lives in Montreal, and his interests include running (even in the cold), technology and Special Edition Swatch Watches.