Afternoon Session 1, Room 2

Uncategorized luke | 19 June 2010 | 0 Comments

Weekend Pictures Redux: 2008-2010 – Steven James May Weekend Pictures)

  • Created out of a concern for people who had never blogged prior to the evolution of Facebook/social networks
  • Two camps re: privacy and social networking: “no big deal” and “I just want to see pictures from last weekend”
  • Goal of project: literacy and “harm reduction” –privacy concerns associated with online activitie


  • Why people aren’t concerned about privacy (Sass – early 20s blogger):
  • - An expectation that people know you’re different from your online personal
    - Rewards!
    - It’s cool and hip and young and free… chill

  • Findings from Ryerson report on social networking/use/perceptions (2008):
    - users expect platforms to be neutral
    - don’t expect such platforms “to do anything
    - in reality, media are never neutral. More akin to amplifiers.
    - new general divide re: privacy in online social networks – born pre and post 1985 have very different perceptions of public/private
  • Findings re: personal info in social networking services:
    - sharing personal data extends being direct friends
    - exists the possibility that corporations will use personal data irresponsibly or out of context
    - potential of Web 2.0 platforms as a surveillance platform.
  • Findings: Chris Avenir: charged with 140 counts of facilitating academic misconduct by being an admin on a facebook group–allegedgly sharing answers to course assignments. Suing Ryerson (on-going).
    - understand digital environments are public
    - but not adequately versed in pitfalls. risks will become more apparent as use grows.


  • “Sass” traded in persona for “Joey”, started new more professional blog, but didn’t actively attempt to remove Sass content, knowing that it would all be accessible somewhere, somehow. Focus has shifted with age, but not trying to hide anything.


  • Risk online personas pose to employment, etc. are largely generational issues that will disappear once people who have grown up with social media become decision makers.
  • “Managing the wrong kind of risk”–didn’t get full context.
  • Discussion still focuses on the fault that lies with the user, or with the company using online personas as a filter, but what fault/responsibility/role do the companies operating the platform have?
  • Why doesn’t privacy have the same place (in terms of enforcement/accountability) as copyright on user-generated content sites.
  • We have the desire to live our lives online as we do offline, but the tools/behaviour create conflicts.

Why a less private, open, social internet will save the world – Ujwal Arkalgud (

  • We’re all already screwed
  • MacArthur Foundation Digital Youth Project – primary reference
  • Shift from ‘messing around’ to interest-based network. This shift is driving us to action (points to, socialvibe)
  • Only way to graduate from “messing around” to “utopian scenario” of interest-based network, we need to be able to share information about ourselves.
  • Corporations can build goodwill by taking action in the areas of interest their customers care about
  • Non-profits finding it easy to get people ‘involved’ on FB, but very difficult to get them to press ‘donate’ or engage outside of Facebook.
  • No dispute that new tools are making it easier to mobilize people, but disagreement about whether this necessitates a reduction in privacy.

Privacy by Deletion: The Web 2.0 Suicide Machine – Gordan SavicicĀ (

Presented earlier to catch flight.

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