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Apr. 7th, 2010 | 04:52 pm

Making Sense of Privacy and Publicity

A "rough crib" of her keynote at SXSW about the struggles of what we mean by wanting privacy, and why people post things publicly.

There's been a number of recent serious privacy violating issues from big companies, Google Buzz, and Facebook both trying to set the defaults to "public". (Not to mention LJs link rewriting scandal).

Its difficult to fully control your data if its hosted in google or facebook or pretty much anything not on a computer you physically own and now how to administer. Although I could manage to run my own flickr/twitter/blog/wiki thing, the average user, probably would find it difficult.

Also the large centralized services make it easier to know where to look for information about your friends. There's usually more complexity associated with knowing how to use distributed tools, but is increased control over what you reveal worth it?

I was having a brief vision of some kind of web app that'd have a drop down for you called "View my site as (list of your known contacts)"

There's still more room for thinking about this.

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