Since I am specifically studying what the internet will look like within the BRIC countries in terms of privacy, openness, and transparency, I thought it would be best to lay out a matrix of those three phases plotted versus five key social spheres, which maybe I could call “accountability arenas”. Since there’s no good way to insert a matrix here without using SlideShare or an image, I’ll just list the results here:
Personal: Libertarianism, isolationism, anonymity
Sexual: Don’t ask, don’t tell
Health: Non-contagion/non-preventative care
Financial: Shadow market pools, corruption
Political: Weak communities, divided citizens, big money interests, oligarchy
Since part of my research is about whether different cultures and countries will use the internet differently, based on their values, rituals, and customs, it would be important for me to make sure that there indeed is a potential for people to express those key differences by selecting a different social networking site online versus others. Some would argue that behavior online is converging on universal behavior (generally: feedback loops, transparency, collaboration), but I think cultures will retain their identities even after buying into the online revolution. Read More »
On Friday, September 12th, Google DC held a talk on cloud computing in its New York Avenue location in downtown Washington, DC. Specifically, the event discussed a new study by the Pew Internet and American Life Project on “Use of Cloud Computing Applications and Services”.
Moderated by John B. Horrigan, director of the Pew Internet and American Life Project, the talk included
Dan Burton, Senior Vice President, Global Public Policy, Salesforce.com
Mike Nelson, Visiting Professor, The Center for Communication, Culture, and Technology, Georgetown University
Ari Schwartz, Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, Center for Democracy and Technology
Cloud computing is basically the offloading of data from individual computers loosely linked to the internet, to a network of computers specifically maintained and interfaced so that people can access that data from any electronic device anywhere in the world. Read More »
I wanted to get more information about “online culture” within the US, since it is still, at least for now, the standard for what an online society looks like in terms of debating privacy versus openness, online presence, and reputation.
It is interesting to study the attitudes versus the actions of social networking users when it comes to privacy versus openness. The study found that “[m]ost internet users are not concerned about the amount of information available about them online, and most do not take steps to limit that information.” Read More »
Hi, I’m Ben Turner and this is my introductory post. I’m one of the two junior Yahoo! fellows working with Gaurav this year. I am a second-year Master of Science in Foreign Service candidate studying international development, technology policy, and social business entrepreneurship. I am a former US Army veteran of Iraq and have worked as a web designer and a daytrader as well.
My research will focus on the relationship between openness and privacy (and transparency, which I consider to be a product of that interaction). My feeling is that there are different expectations and standards for openness and privacy, depending on which cultural sphere you analyze them in; for example, what the online community finds value in is at odds with what the offline community wants. Online and offline values can also vary across cultures and countries: Brazil, Russia, India, China, and the US are all sliding into different models with different priorities for social networking, expression of ideas, velocity of online business transactions, and so on. Read More »