Business Week brought up an interesting point recently in Big Brother Is Reading Your Blog and I thought I’d ask you want you think about this and if it worries you.
It’s not just the prospect of predators and swindlers that has the social-network set alarmed. University officials and campus cops are scouring blogs and sites for tips on underage drinking and other student misbehavior. Corporations are investing in text-recognition software from vendors such as SAP (SAP) and IBM (IBM) to monitor blogs by employees and job candidates.
In response, users of social sites have come up with a host of creative ways to evade what they consider threats to safety or privacy. Sullivan, like many others, opted for a different site. Others are resorting to fictionalized or disguised entries, and many are stepping up use of features and software aimed at protecting privacy…
…The desire for beefed-up Net armor is giving rise to new social-networking software products and services. Roger Sullivan, vice-president of the Liberty Alliance Management Board, a digital-identity industry consortium of 150 companies including Oracle (ORCL) and Time Warner’s (TWX) America Online, says some member companies plan to use software that enables users’ personal Web pages to display different information depending on who is viewing them.
Another effort focuses on authentication services. The idea is to create a service that would help people you contact online know you are who you say you are, says Sullivan. Social-networking sites “open us up to identity theft and privacy issues like never before,” he observes. Fortunately, there’s a host of solutions to help the growing ranks of social networkers cope with the risks.
What do you think about this? Blogging has been a free form sharing platform for any and all topics, permitting a form of freedom of speech never seen in the world’s history. Many bloggers have figured out how to blog fairly anonymously, letting their opinion speak for itself, but to know that governments and corporations, possibly even your employer, is monitoring what you blog, how do you feel about that? Creeps I expect. Perverts come with everything. But governments and corporations spending money to watch what you write…? What do you think?
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