Privacy? That’s quaint.

11 11 2008

The NYT has a news brief on Zuckerberg’s (Facebook founder) presentation at the Web 2.0 Summit. One quote is worth mentioning:

“I would expect that next year, people will share twice as much information as they share this year, and next year, they will be sharing twice as much as they did the year before. That means that people are using Facebook, and the applications and the ecosystem, more and more.”

His statement confirms opinions held by a lot of my students (which is good news for Facebook). They often tell me: “I wouldn’t put it online if I didn’t want people to know about it – what do I have to hide?” Maybe privacy is an illusion in this age, or maybe (young) people just haven’t be burned enough yet. Thoughts?




One response

7 12 2008

“We haven’t been burned yet”. I think students care less about privacy because we have no image to uphold. Once we are professionals, managers, parents, teachers etc. We will care more about the information we put on networking sites such as Facebook. There are some pictures on Facebook that say 10-15 years down the road I would not be proud of if my kids found them.

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