Danah Boyd #sxsw : Privacy and Publicity ‘It’s about control’
March 14th, 2010

Social networking expert Danah Boyd keynoted the opening remarks at SXWS on Saturday, March 13 with a talk about privacy and publicity.

Boyd said that privacy is not dead, but that a big part of our notion of privacy relates to maintaining control over our content, and that when we don’t have control, we feel that our privacy has been violated.

Boyd discussed how different groups of people think about privacy. She said that teenagers are much more conscious about what they have to gain by being in public, whereas adults are more concerned about what they have to lose.

Boyd talked about the fuzzy lines between what is public and private. She said that just because people put material in public places doesn’t mean it was meant to be aggregated. And just because something is publically accessible doesn’t mean people want it to be publicized.

According to Boyd most techies think about Personally Identifiable Information, but that the vast majority of people are thinking about personally embarrassing information. People often share private information with their friends in part because it allows them to bond, it makes them somewhat vulnerable and establishes trust. But when it’s through technology (e.g. Facebook’s public by default setting) it’s a huge technology fail.

On the South By South West, NL Report Elja Looijestijn reports in dutch on Boyds keynote. [Notice the collaborate Posterous reports of a team of 15 bloggers from the Netherlands life on the spot in Austin.]

Read more about Boyds talk on TechCrunch and ReadWriteWeb

RT @cltomlinson [Texas Observer] : “Dannah Boyd flak on privacy at #sxsw is the best analysis of online privacy issues I’ve ever heard #sxsw ”

Quoting Danahs remarks

Teenagers are much more conscious about what they have to gain by being in public, whereas adults are more concerned about what they have to lose

Wanting privacy is not about having something to hide, but about control and creating space to open up

Most techies think about Personally Identifiable Information, but that the vast majority of people are thinking about personally embarrassing information

Neither privacy nor publicity is dead, but technology will continue to make a mess of both

@zephoria The crib from my #SXSW talk on privacy and publicity is now available for those who couldn’t attend: http://bit.ly/b0zN5K Enjoy!!!

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