Seeing danah boyd's keynote today was a great followup to Douglas Rushkoff yesterday. They spoke on very similar themes, namely that the future of this digital age is all about who has control.
Dana posits that privacy = control. She used the examples of the recent launch of Google Buzz and Facebook's change in privacy settings in December to show how companies don't make privacy a priority, in fact quite the opposite, they want all our information shared.
Buzz mixed the public with where we have grown to expect privacy- email.
Facebook changed their settings to make public what was private. According to boyd 65% of Facebook users clicked through the screen notifying of the change without changing any settings.
"Just because information is published doesn't mean people want it publicized."
Another interesting point was that, in general, teenagers see privacy in terms of what they can gain from being out there, vs adults who see it in terms of what they could lose.
Interesting, and important subjects that deserve more attention. Really enjoyed the talk.
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