Monday, October 27, 2008

ASIS&T 2008 - Old People Facebook Disasters

Old People Facebook Disasters
Fred Stutzman, SILS UNC - Chapel Hill

Fred has been studying privacy for years, and been a bit concerned about the news coverage. The narrative has been about the loss of privacy on the web. He has been doing studies on privacy and usage of the web. When we look at people who have been using facebook for more than 3 years, people are more likely to make their profiles friends only, and have set more privacy.

As older people join Facebook, they are having to learn these privacy norms that earlier users have already learned. "In the future everyone will be anonymous for 15 minutes."

Step away from making broad based generalized assumptions, and towards more of a nuanced understanding of privacy.

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