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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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from: rubicantoto
date: Apr. 8th, 2010 03:41 am (UTC)

Yeah, a lot more social sites need to create an API or a view that lets you see your own stuff under various conditions (boolean combinations of conditions like is-in-group-X AND is-not-person-Y ...) to fully simulate your visibility to others.

Because, yeah, it'd be nice if there was a comprehensive contacts manager that let me say "I can't remember Diane's various usernames and handles, but what are the last 5 things of mine she can see on LJ, FB, twitter, etc." for specific people you know. But it'd be ideal if you had some way of managing or at least auditing what groups exist across the set of people you share to. Such a thing would help me maintain consistent privacy despite the use of multiple services.

Facebook's "Preview My Profile..." will show you your profile as non-friends see it, and will also let you choose a person from among your friends and see your profile as they do. (most of the options under Account >> Privacy Settings let you access the profile preview thingy).

How non-friends see your profile on FB used to be somewhat nuanced, depending on what regional networks, job networks, and educational networks and which of those the viewer is in. I dunno if that's still the case. But "Preview My Profile..." also lets you see your profile "how your profile looks to most people on Facebook".

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from: bolowolf
date: Apr. 10th, 2010 10:32 pm (UTC)

I would love to hear more about this as you're thinking about it.

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