Don’t believe the hype. Privacy is not Dead!

Look at the behavior of teenagers, supposedly the ones among us who care least about privacy. Microsoft researcher Danah Boyd has investigated how they use social media; it turns out that teens are both very public and very private, often at the same time. In a behavior called whitewalling, users post to Facebook—sometimes in great detail — but then quickly delete everything, creating a blank timeline. That’s a new form of privacy for the social media age: a mass release of information that eventually disappears. Boyd also describes “social steganography,” in which teens use things like slang, inside jokes, and song lyrics to hide private messages in plain sight; one audience understands the meaning of a post while others (adults or more distant friends) scroll right by.
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