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July 25, 2007

Open identities

Stephen Downes links to Say Everything and raises some interesting issues about privacy and people's growing willingness to share almost everything about themselves online.  Whatever happened to those conversations we used to have in the early days of the Web, the "you can't put that online - someone will abuse it!" kind of thing.

The old fart (*) in me wants to say there are real dangers here.  And perhaps there are.  But I'd be wasting my breath.  Even my 11 year-old (Stan) wants his own Facebook page - something we've prevented him from doing so far.  But plenty of his mates (of the same age) are on Fb despite the pretty clear acceptable use policies, so you can see the attraction for him.

As the article says:

It may be time to consider the possibility that young people who behave as if privacy doesn't exist are actually the sane people, not the insane ones...

(*) PS  The first band (I use that term loosely) I was in was called The BOFS, circa 1977 - which as far as I recall was an acronym used in Sounds at that time to refer to people not into punk.

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Actually, the bit about the BOFS isn't quite true. I was in a couple of folk-type bands at school, one of which played the Royal Albert Hall. Not many people can say that... alright, it was only a school's concert :-)

You weren't into punk? Oh, man, you missed out...

No, we were into punk... the name was supposed to be ironic! :-)

So your password is THE_BOFFS_1977? Right?

Drat... better change it :-)

C'mon Andy. Time for some digital preservation of those old BOFS C90s. Let's hear it.

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