Tuesday, January 11, 2011

First blog post: On privacy

Google CEO Eric Schmidt has been quoted as saying, "If you have something that you don't want anyone to know, maybe you shouldn't be doing it in the first place."

Now that you've read quite a bit about the origins of the Internet and definitions of "privacy," do you agree with this statement? Why or why not? Is there a difference between "private" and "secret"? After all, there are lots of things that aren't secret - going to the bathroom, for example - that usually we still would like to be private.

So, in other words, how do you feel about some of the loosening of privacy controls and more open displays of what were once considered private behaviors on the web? 

The best posts will specifically reference the readings in your reply.

DUE: Wednesday,  January 19th


  1. Privacy is definitely an issue in cyberspace. As in even if you are about to view internet, somewhere the IP address of your computer is being noted. These days on internet, if you have a public profile on any social websites, there are good chances that it will be viewed and possibly information on the profile will be misused. There are lots of issues on the internet for which safety is a big concern.

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  3. I definitely agree with Jigna that the IP addresses of people's computers are always being noted and that it is easy to misuse someone's information AND EVEN PICTURES if you have an acoount on a social networking site like Facebook. I'd go deep into detail, but more of my thoughts have been recorded and published in my blog post