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Re: Social Network used for posting photos of teens

From: Robin Wilton <wilton@isoc.org>
Date: Wed, 19 Dec 2012 12:19:32 +0000
Cc: "public-privacy@w3.org mailing list) <public-privacy@w3.org>" <public-privacy@w3.org>
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To: Karl Dubost <karld@opera.com>
The practical issue with ad hoc, local networks is that they can only grow organically; there's no panoptical third party who can make 'recommendations' and introductions, so all connections have to be made peer to peer. It is much closer to the way social networks grow in real life… which is partly why the centralised model for online social networking has made such an impact: it allows networks to grow much faster and much further afield…


Robin Wilton
Technical Outreach Director - Identity and Privacy
Internet Society

email: wilton@isoc.org
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On 19 Dec 2012, at 12:02, Karl Dubost wrote:

> In this case it is someone using a social network service with large scale effect.
>    Gothenburg, and promised anonymity to 
>    anyone sending in pictures. More than 
>    200 pictures were submitted, giving 
>    names and alleged sexual activities 
>    of girls and boys aged 13 to 14. 
>    Followers of the Instagram account 
>    ballooned as more and more pictures 
>    of Swedish teens labeled as "sluts" 
>    and "whores".
>    "It grew to 7,000 to 8,000 followers. 
>    They were [pictures of] younger siblings 
>    of my friends, born around 1997 and 
>    later, that were uploaded," a 22-year-
>    old Gothenburg resident told Aftonbladet.
>    More at http://www.thelocal.se/45142/20121218/
> It is tricky. A combination of being "anonymous", speed of sharing, large scale distribution. The bad thing is that it challenges some good principles of social networks. 
> I sometimes wonder if local social ad-hoc networks would not be more interesting, instead of big centralization units, as we have today.
> -- 
> Karl Dubost - http://dev.opera.com/
> Developer Relations, Opera Software
Received on Wednesday, 19 December 2012 12:21:02 UTC

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