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Why We Should Care About Privacy in a Government 2.0 World

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  1. Jake says:

    What a silly discourse. If you put stuff on the Internet, expect people to read it. Most folks who put stuff on the Internet probably expect this.

    If you worry about being monitored by the State, don’t put stuff on the Internet. Please, Ms. Citron, your points are well argued but, in the final analysis, a complaint about a self-inflicted wound.

  2. Jacqui Lipton says:

    While I agree that people should take a certain (actually a significant) amount of responsibility for things they post online, I do think there’s a contextualization problem with stuff posted on political websites in one context that may then be used in another context later on when circumstances dramatically change. For example, people may have friended Obama as a candidate, caught up in the moment of an exciting political campaign, and without giving much thought to what might happen to their information if Obama won the presidency – or assuming their information would be deleted or archived in this eventuality. I’m not aware that any particular representations were made by the Obama campaign about how supporters’ information might be used later on. This is not specific to any particular campaign, but if you supported, say, John Edwards’ ill-fated campaign, chances are your information is pretty well harmlessly archived away by now, while Obama relates to his campaign followers in a completely different context as the President now.