I am sitting now at a conference on privacy in social networks, organized by the Netvision Institute at TAU. The first part of the conference brought a strong sense of deja vu. It focused primarily on the “danger” of fictive identities online and the legal implications of it. I felt like reading Sherry Turkle again, but found it very difficult to connect to the speakers (particularly one of them who drifted into talking about a digital camera that can see through your clothes).
Gladly, i wasn’t alone, and another person in the audience asked about the repercussions of actually sharing the real information. How come we came back to discussing the “danger” of the fictitious, while the potential harm of the real is much more tangible? The speakers didn’t have concrete answers. However, as if to prove my line of thought, the current session is focusing on issues of dealing with real information and privacy issues. Interestingly, this session consists only of industry people who actually build these social networks.