Researchers seek to put social networks on autopilot

05/14/2010 | MIT Technology Review

Corporate researchers from companies such as IBM, Microsoft and Yahoo! are working to find ways to use technology to automatically detect people's social ties. The researchers hope to use e-mail data and other communications tools to map users' social networks, in the hope of creating smart privacy and message-priority settings. Still, as the uproar surrounding Google's Buzz showed, there are plenty of risks associated with putting social networks on autopilot, experts note.

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