Defaulting Privacy: Personalinformation and the social web Presented at Podcamp Toronto
Obligatory dictionary definition slide. 1.the state of being private; retirement or seclusion. 2.the state of being free from intrusion or disturbance in one's private life or affairs: the right to privacy.
Privacy really means different things to different people.
The privacy equation. Information disclosed vs. utility
Social Networks Social networks. Social networks have a vested interest in helping members find each other. The demand for social network status in search queries, the monetization of sharing, and the shift from default private to default public are drivers for evolving privacy practices. Have walls been torn down to make room for money trucks?
Broadcast platforms. These networks don’t have to worry so much about creating different categories of connections, since they’re already assuming that you’re likely using them to broadcast on a one-to-many basis. However… it’s up to users to decided on what to share. Some make very poor choices....
Location based services. Their very functionality depends on users exchanging potentially private information. Information, however, doesn’t stay within these networks. It’s shared with 3rd party apps… like the ones discussed in previous slides Soooo we get….
What are our choices? Prevention. Mitigation. Conversation.
How do we incubate and encourage the conversation? Introduce every kid to 1984 The sweet reassurance of common sense Increased education on, and choice of, networks Increasingly simplistic privacy controls, but more complex results
In conclusion… we’re still very early in this game.