Privacy versus Protocol
It occurred to me recently that there is a bit of a dichotomy between distributed social protocols and the call for more and better privacy. I wanted to open a thread just for this topic alone because I believe it will impact how we all view distributed social networking and the protocols we build such a system on.
I think we’re all familiar with some of the drumming around big tent players “breaking trust” with our data and privacy. I’m sure you could list few. http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2010/05/12/business/facebook-privacy.html
This post* hit on the antithesis of these fears by addressing the (probably correct?) solution.
However, it occurred to me recently the protocols are by their very nature outward bound, and work completely counter to inward, privatized, protective non-shared data. I think this bears an important point, *even though* I completely believe the flow of data should be controlled mostly if not entirely by the user, and not by the protocol. In other words, we need to consider that the protocols are designed to distribute data in a less-than private manner, but just how private that is will depend entirely upon a) how well it is built and b) the user.
Or, to put it bluntly, *NOTHING* is 100% private when it is distributed. Just something to think about. (This from somebody who still thinks privacy should be a top consideration in how we build these things.)
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