[LINK] Book Ad: 'The Future of Reputation'

Roger Clarke Roger.Clarke at xamax.com.au
Sat Nov 3 16:39:47 AEDT 2007

Solove D.J. 'The Future of Reputation: Gossip, Rumor, and Privacy on 
the Internet'  Yale University Press, October 2007

Outline and Chapter 1 at:

YouTube. Facebook. MySpace. Wikipedia. Google. These are among the 
many new ways people are communicating and obtaining information. In 
(Yale University Press, October 2007), Professor Daniel J. Solove 
warns that this new world demands new thinking about the nature of 

Teeming with chatrooms, online discussion groups, and blogs, the 
Internet offers previously unimagined opportunities for personal 
expression and communication. But there's a dark side to the story. A 
trail of information fragments about us is forever preserved on the 
Internet, instantly available in a Google search. A permanent 
chronicle of our private lives - often of dubious reliability and 
sometimes totally false - will follow us wherever we go, accessible 
to friends, strangers, dates, employers, neighbors, relatives, and 
anyone else who cares to look. This engrossing book, brimming with 
stories of gossip, slander, and rumor on the Internet, explores the 
profound implications of the online collision between free speech and 

Solove explores how the Internet is transforming gossip, the way we 
shame others, and our ability to protect our own reputations. 
Focusing on blogs, Internet communities, cyber mobs, and other 
current trends, he shows that, ironically, the unconstrained flow of 
information on the Internet may impede opportunities for 
self-development and freedom. Longstanding notions of privacy need 
review: unless we establish a balance among privacy, free speech, and 
anonymity, we may discover that the freedom of the Internet makes us 
less free.

Roger Clarke                  http://www.anu.edu.au/people/Roger.Clarke/
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Visiting Professor in Info Science & Eng  Australian National University
Visiting Professor in the eCommerce Program      University of Hong Kong
Visiting Professor in the Cyberspace Law & Policy Centre      Uni of NSW

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