RESPONSE #4- Internet Bill of Rights

Continuing with my thought from last class, I think security issues within the Internet have brought up ideas for a Bill of Rights.  How interesting this is our topic of blog conversation when a recent discovery of Facebook’s security and ownership has been called into question.  I do think that the Internet needs a Bill of Rights.  Its accountability where its needed most.  The authors of the Bill of Rights for Users of the Social Web break it down into three easy sections.

Section one:  Ownership

Anyone using the Internet should have the rights to their public profile and information.  Facebook’s privacy policy has been called into question recently with a new change to their terms of service signed by anyone who has a profile.  With the changing of the wording, they now have control over any information or pictures that are posted by any users.  Even if you cancel your profile, Facebook still have control over the old material posted up.  We discussed in class last week that Google stores information, whether its ‘deleted’ from a website or not.  I think think the issue here is that people be aware that this is happening.  That way they can use discretion in what they reveal online, and know exactly how social networking site (or any site, for that matter) might use their information.

Section two: Control

Social web users should be allowed to control how much of their information is being used on the Internet.  And the websites should be transparent with their intent for the information.  By being transparent with your motives, you allow people to decide for themselves the extra steps of precaution they should take with their information.  Or simply not post it at all.  But not only their information, but the pattern in which they use the Internet.  This can be as telling as someone’s street address.

Section three: Freedom

There should be options for users who allow websites to have their information.  The options should be just how much information is released to a website, and that decision should solely be the users’.

By adhering to these three ideas, many companies and websites might find themselves with more costumers, customers that trust them and who can feel a part of the process.  It will be interesting to see how these new developments concerning Facebook will turn out, and how they will deal with their new privacy policy.  And  how users will react, as well.  Will they lose users?  Will they change the policy to please the users, if there is a large enough outcry?

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2 thoughts on “RESPONSE #4- Internet Bill of Rights

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