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Re: Network Opacity Re: Breaches of Privacy are what will drive change

From: Oshani Seneviratne <oshani@csail.mit.edu>
Date: Thu, 9 Jul 2009 19:19:30 -0400
Message-ID: <a477174c0907091619r80ef952if6c3e7ddd0a27c3a@mail.gmail.com>
To: public-xg-socialweb@w3.org
On Thu, Jul 9, 2009 at 6:51 AM, Karl Dubost<karl@la-grange.net> wrote:
> Le 9 juil. 2009 à 03:25, Christine Perey a écrit :
>> http://technology.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/tech_and_web/article6644199.ece
>> Perhaps the Privacy Task Force can catalog a few of these examples to
>> enrich their user stories with real life testimonials.

Yes, I also believe that we should incorporate real life examples
where possible in the user stories.

> Which is not totally related to social networks but *network* itself.
> 1. Global:        every bit of information is available almost anywhere on
> earth.
> 2. Instantaneous: every bit of information is available in real time.
> 3. Replicated:    every bit of information is replicated identically.
> 4. Permanent:     every bit of information is kept for a long time.

I think what the news story, and perhaps what Christine wanted to
bring up was that social networks make it easy for people to put up
information which otherwise they would not do so in the real world.
So, in a social networking context I think your points 1 and 2 above
can be handled by proper access control policies, while 3, and 4 can
be handled by proper data usage policies.

> There is a thicker *opacity* in the physical world.
> Some real examples (that I could explain further):
>        * Host club in Osaka Documentary
>        * Dog Poo Girl in Korea
>        * Tatoos Gang guys on TV news report with blurred face but visible
> tattoos
>        * A few people fired from their companies because they were
> expressing their frustration on blogs

Yes, all these are very interesting examples.
BTW, if anyone is interested in similar examples in social networks
*and* in the physical world, "Blown to bits" [1] (by Hal Abelson, Ken
Ledeen and Harry Lewis) is worth a read.

[1] http://books.google.com/books?id=Y7DOltmSGjgC&printsec=frontcover

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