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Hartzog - The privacy box: a software proposal

From: Karl Dubost <karl+w3c@la-grange.net>
Date: Thu, 5 Nov 2009 05:40:47 -0500
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To: public-xg-socialweb@w3.org

there is a long article which has been just published on First Monday  
about opacity (degrees of privacy) and social networks

On Thu, 05 Nov 2009 10:32:26 GMT
In Hartzog
At http://www.uic.edu/htbin/cgiwrap/bin/ojs/index.php/fm/article/view/2682/2361

The contradiction of social networks is that revealing of personal,  
private information can have harmful consequences, yet users continue  
to disclose such information at an alarming rate. Ironically, the  
advent of social network sites opens the possibility of a relatively  
safe place to disclose private information. This article proposes a  
“privacy box” application to be used within social network sites that  
would require users to accept a pre–written promise of confidentiality  
before gaining access to personal information. Although it would not  
serve as a universal remedy for privacy harms on social network sites,  
it could serve to carve out a space for relatively safe self– 
disclosure online.

Karl Dubost
Montréal, QC, Canada
Received on Thursday, 5 November 2009 10:40:59 UTC

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