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The Economist’s article on Privacy 2.0 (Woo hoo! Someone has come up with the brilliant idea of adding “2.0″ to privacy! This is terrific. I wouldn’t be surprised if the 2.0 meme spread to enterprise, the web, learning, etc. What revolutionary times), argues that privacy could stop the spread of social networks. Silly Economist. Privacy is a transactional entity – like money. When we think we derive value from the exchange, we’ll make the transaction. When we think we’re getting ripped off, we’ll stop. Right now, free tools and opportunities to connect with others is a transaction most people are willing to make. Enter Twitter, Foursquare, and Blippy…and it looks like we are just at the beginning stages of privacy obliteration.


  1. Frances Bell wrote:

    I thought it was quite an informative and balanced article, ruined by a really stupid first sentence (maybe an editor tried to vamp it up a bit). The challenge for individuals and educators is develop general awareness of the implications of their choices in privacy settings, and the challenge for SNS providers is to make those choices as simple and transparent as possible. As the general awareness grows, I hope it can provide the stimulus for the SNS to make that happen.

    Saturday, January 30, 2010 at 12:35 am | Permalink
  2. Zac Chase wrote:

    Wait. I thought privacy was still in beta. How did I miss V.1?
    Yes, privacy is transactional. In this realm, the closest tangible comparison I can make would be of SNS’ and credit card companies targeting university students. Instead of “Hey, free money,” SNS were selling something even sexier, “Hey, free friends.”
    In this, we have been stupid. I don’t so much care how obscurely placed 45 sites’ privacy statements were placed. I’m more interested in how thoroughly the millions of users of these sites went looking. Because, hey, free friends!

    Sunday, February 28, 2010 at 9:46 am | Permalink