WikiLeaks and Web 2.0: privacy, security and other things that keep me awake ...
Rapidly emerging Internet services and tools raise many questions for those of us concerned with memory, with ensuring the retention and future availability of records. This 'think piece' looks at the implications of two prominent developments, WikiLeaks and Web 2.0 services, especially the social networking tools such as Facebook and Twitter. Those tools have quickly become the means for self-expression, staying in touch with others and creating business opportunities. Their capabilities have built new online communities and encouraged the sharing and use of much information held by both individuals and institutions. WikiLeaks has taken the desire for openness to new levels by providing a means for publishing leaked material globally and anonymously. These tools and their use challenge many of our assumptions, including conceptions of privacy and confidentiality, security and integrity, and, at least implicitly, authority.
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