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Re: Online Privacy: Achievable Goal or Web 2.0 Pipe Dream?
Posted by: Keith Regan 2008-02-03 04:04:14
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Does being a Web user automatically mean giving up your right to privacy? A growing chorus of voices says the evolution of the Internet, the increasingly cozy relationship between search and advertising companies and the rise of Web 2.0 social networking technologies adds up to an environment where true privacy may be but an illusion. That idea is not a necessarily a new one, of course. Sun Chairman Scott McNealy is famously quoted as saying "you have no privacy -- get over it," back in 1999, noted John Nicholson of Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman.

Re: Online Privacy: Achievable Goal or Web 2.0 Pipe Dream?
Posted by: bigwhitewall 2008-02-03 04:19:19 In reply to: Keith Regan
Privacy is dead. Long live the new privacy, anonymity. When setting up, the place for emotional health online, we realized that the only way to make users feel comfortable opening up and talking about what's really on their mind, is to make the whole site anonymous. We therefore actively discourage people from sharing information about who they are - we only want to know about what they are thinking and how they are feeling - real names are unimportant.
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