Q&A: Will Web 2.0 will end your privacy?

Question by Mr Smith: Will Web 2.0 will end your privacy?
Please read the column on bit-tech.net before you answer.
“Why Web 2.0 will end your privacy”
Published: 3rd June 2006 by Wil Harris

http://www.bit-tech.net/columns/2006/06/03/web_2_privacy/

Please consider the following.
“….Why are the companies worth so much money? …. Digg knows what stories you’ve submitted, what demographic you’re in, how other people in your demographic react to what you post …..The answer is – data. Information. Marketing. Every detail about you and me. That is where the money is…….The one thing the Web 2.0 sites have in common is that they are furiously mining information about you and your buddies. …. When the Web 2.0 bubble bursts – the innovation will grind to a halt- when the massive buyouts are done, the millionaires are made and the sites we love today are in the hands of big business – the innovation will grind to a halt, and what’s left will be the endless grinding of the marketeering machine….”

Best answer:

Answer by Len E
In response to this well-written piece, I can only say, “You are probably right, but there’s no turning back.” I am venturing into all the Web 2.0 venues as a fairly old guy, 56 next week, and I know I’m leaving traces of myself everywhere I leave a comment or a username and password. This makes me uneasy, but the benefits of all these new ways of connecting with the world so far outweigh the uneasiness.

Privacy is a two-edged sword; it can also mean isolation. Geriatric1927 over at YouTube has given up his privacy to some extent, even though the media have so far not figured out who he is and where he lives. But he looks as if he’s having a ball with less privacy and the thrill of talking to hundreds of thousands of new “friends.” Go figure.

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