- When online chatting first became popular in the 1990s and early 2000s, there was so much talk about child predators and whole shows based on it – To Catch a Predator anyone? Now, we don’t hear about that as much. Moms and dads warn their kids, etc. The new thing seems to be cyberbullying. I am wondering if these are things we just adapt to and if we create new social norms. In 10 years will be as worried about Internet privacy as we are now?
- When boyd talks about the Internet “having no walls” it brings me back to our discussion about Lessig and control and policing. She describes the Internet as a public place and describes it as a hangout for teens, much like a park or mall. If things get out of hand there, authorities are called…what happens when things get out of hand on the Internet?
- After hearing Réhab El-Bakry speak last week, I was reminded why anonymity can be important on social networks. Facebook really works hard to prevent pseudonyms. I am wondering if they could implement in these tough situations where anonymity is so important by using a convention Twitter uses – verification. If it’s a pretty important person, they can get verified. If it’s just a regular person, there’s no need.
- I actually read a danah boyd article for my research paper and had this bonus question: why does she choose to spell her name with lowercase letters? There’s a whole page about it on her website: http://www.danah.org/name.html.