Have we come to a point where people are too lazy to send out a link via e-mail, Facebook Message, Tweet, or IM? I do admit that there are times I have been accused to sending excessive e-mails, but I think my friends would rather have me e-mail them links than searching through my web history to see what I am looking at. Lastly, knowing why some went to a site is just as important as the site itself. As far as I know these services doesn’t allow you to say why you visited a site or if it is even worth visiting. There are more sites that I visited and wish I hadn't than sites that I share with my friends.
Wait a minute... so if I'm curious about your personal diary, or your checkbook, or your medical records, that's justification enough for me to look... or build a Website to share it with others? That doesn't quite add up for me.
"Mary, it's beyond me why anyone other than the obvious (marketers, the government, etc.) would be interested in someone's browsing history."
I will be interested in your browsing history if for no other reason than for curiosity sake!!! I may not go after it in the same manner as marketers and government will do but if it comes bagging on my door step, then I won't missd the opportunity to peep into what the Queen of the internet is doing online.
It may sound ridiculous and even BORING but those are the kind of stuff life is made of!!!!!
Well, others who want browser histories are employers. Like those who discovered a few years ago that most employees of at least one federal agency were spending most of the day on adult sites. In that instance, browser history came to the aid of our tax dollars.
Mary, it's beyond me why anyone other than the obvious (marketers, the government, etc.) would be interested in someone's browsing history. The more I think about it, the more ridiculous it sounds. And BORING. If you find something worth sharing, share it. If you don't, don't share it. The end.
What can users today do to protect their online privacy? The simplest and most obvious option is to not use the Internet – at all. However, once all digital information is consolidated over the Internet, trying to protect digital identity by simply unplugging from the Internet becomes impossible – a fact that has manifest implications for civil liberties, Saunders says.
By 2011 the number of Internet-connected sensors will exceed 1 trillion, making your chances of doing anything or going anywhere unnoticed pretty much zero. Saunders talks about how the 'sensortization' of the Internet is eliminating the traditional divide between online and offline populations.
The 20th Century Internet was characterized by the ability to interact with other people and information on the Internet largely without anyone knowing who you were. The Internet of this century, conversely, will be defined by identity. Saunders explains how Internet users are unwittingly contributing to the demise of the anonymous Internet.
Steve Saunders talks about the risks inherent in uncontrolled, widespread profiling of Internet users, and how one day this practice could form the basis of a new industry, the Outernet, which in economic terms will have outgrown the commercial value of the Internet itself.
Search companies and social networks are collecting incredibly detailed information about their users, says Steve Saunders, who predicts that these 'profiles' could one day become commodities to be bought and sold by companies on 'profile markets' or 'identity exchanges’ – the digital DNA equivalents of the financial and commodities exchanges on which stocks, oil, and gold are traded.
One of the most important Internet issues of all time is being ignored by the media. In this three-part video series Steve Saunders explains how search companies are turning the tables on their users by creating user profiles for financial gain, and how soon this trend will explode into full scale profiling.
Michael Brutsch, a.k.a. Reddit's Violentacrez, is a creep who posted borderline kiddie porn to the Internet anonymously, and got fired when outed by a media outlet. It's a cautionary tale even for people who aren't jerks and predators.
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