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RE: Social Network used for posting photos of teens

From: Joe Alhadeff <joseph.alhadeff@oracle.com>
Date: Wed, 19 Dec 2012 05:58:10 -0800 (PST)
Message-ID: <1da66f62-6ce0-40c0-8bb8-275a3664db02@default>
To: Robin Wilton <wilton@isoc.org>, Karl Dubost <karld@opera.com>
Cc: "public-privacy@w3.org mailing list) <public-privacy@w3.org>" <public-privacy@w3.org>
Seems fairly irresponsible for someone who is working on teens and sexuality to not consider the potential for the identification from third sources.  Even fact patters could be recognized.  Claiming this could be anonymous seems a bit naïve.


From: Robin Wilton [mailto:wilton@isoc.org] 
Sent: Wednesday, December 19, 2012 7:20 AM
To: Karl Dubost
Cc: public-privacy@w3.org mailing list) <public-privacy@w3.org>
Subject: Re: Social Network used for posting photos of teens


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

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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

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