[LINK] Google's WiFi bungle
swilson at lockstep.com.au
Wed May 19 10:42:14 AEST 2010
Kim Holburn wrote:
> [The Google wifi case] highlights how people with old ideas of privacy and the
> internet, facebook, google and modern realities of privacy are stuck
> in separate worlds. I am constantly amazed by what people put on
> facebook. Of their own volition.
Inhibition on social networking sites is certainly very interesting, but
it's a separate issue from inadvertently leaving one's network open (for
starters, we may be referencing disparate types of users).
At any rate, it's simply too early to extrapolate (as Zuckerberg does,
self-servingly) from a few years experience with OSN to say anything
certain about changes to social mores. The uninhibited subset of the
Facebook community, carried away with the sheer novelty of it, is a
special cohort, which we all view through the biased prisms of anecdote
and media reports. Teens posting drunken pictures of themselves are
unlikely to be representative of FB users in general, let alone of
society at large. So why does anyone attribute any long lived policy
significance at all to their fun-loving excesses?
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