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The Internet is becoming

the town square

for the global village

of tomorrow.

Bill Gates


The Internet is the Viagra of big business.

Jack Welch

Do we…

accept all the friend requests, seek more followers,

and bombard them with more details

of our lives than anyone needs to know?

—Eleanor Mills, CNET News

Dennis Miller
  • Human beings are human beings. They say what they want, don’t they? They used to say it across the fence while they were hanging wash. Now they just say it on the Internet.
mark zuckerberg
Mark Zuckerberg:
  • “Right now, with social networks and other tools on the Internet, all of these 500 million people have a way to say what they’re thinking and have their voice be heard.”
The Federal Trade Commission has charged Facebook with deceiving consumers with its privacy settings to get people to share more personal information than they originally agreed to, then allowing it to be made public.

—Associated Press, Nov. 29, 2011

Privacy Policy, as of April 2010:

When you connect with an application or

website it will have access to General Information about you including you and your friends’ names, profile pictures, gender, user IDs, connections, and any content shared using the Everyone privacy setting...

The default privacy settingis set to “everyone.”

With Facebook’s new Timeline feature,

Facebook profits from giving advertisers

access to users’ personal information.

Traditional web advertising is now

disguised as your friends’ updates.


informal Google motto:
  • “Don’t be evil.”
Google Chairman Eric Schmidt
  • on user privacy:
  • “I actually think most people don’t want
  • Google to answer their questions.
  • They want Google to tell them
  • what they should be doing next.”
  • “If you have something that
  • you don’t want anyone to know,
  • maybe you shouldn’t be
  • doing it in the first place.”
  • “We don’t need you to type at all.
  • We know where you are.
  • We know where you’ve been.
  • We can more or less know
  • what you’re thinking about.”
Google’s new [lack of] privacy statement:

What you do in [what you thought was]

relative anonymity today will,

after March 1st,

be associated with your name, your face,

and your phone number.


We are more comfortable with our privacy

being limited if it allows the content

we view to be more pertinent to our lives.

—Austin Zoot, Indiana Daily Student

The anonymity and freedom of

the internet give people an opportunity

to speak freely without fear of retribution.


The argument over pseudonyms — known
  • as the “nym wars” — goes to the heart of
  • how the Internet might be organized in the future.
  • Activists have learned this year that social media sites
  • can be effective in mobilizing uprisings,
  • but using a real name on those sites
  • can lead authorities right to an activist’s door.
  • –The New York Times, Nov. 14, 2011
Just as traditional journalism fights
  • restrictions on freedom of speech and press,
  • Twitter finds itself in a global battle over
  • free speech on the Internet.
  • –Reuters
Twitter announced that it would begin restricting Tweets in certain countries—a significant change
  • from just one year ago, when mass demonstrations were coordinated through the social network.
  • –Reuters, January 26, 2012
Companies like have
  • begun charging hundreds of dollars to
  • keep users’ less flattering details from
  • the top of search engine results.
  • —
The Protect Intellectual Property Act (PIPA)

and the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) are

designed to cut off access to websites

that promote pirated or counterfeit products.

The procedures outlined in both SOPA and

PIPA fail this fundamental constitutional test:

The Constitution requires a court to hold a

hearing to determine that the material in

question is unlawful before the material is

completely removed from circulation.

—Stanford Law Review

On January 18 websites around the world

“blacked out” in a coordinated protest

against the controversial proposed

US legislation.

—AFP Relax News

Following an internet demonstration which saw
  • more than 75,000 websites protesting –

a full vote on PIPA & SOPA was delayed

“until there is wider agreement on a solution.”

[Lamar Smith, sponsor of legislation]

—Digital Trends

The U.S. Supreme Court’s sweeping decision requiring police to obtain search warrants to plant GPS tracking devices on automobiles may broadly enhance Americans’ electronic privacy rights.

—CNET News

A proposed digital privacy bill by Sen. Patrick Leahy
  • would update 1986’s Electronic Communication Privacy Act to require the government to obtain
  • search warrants to access citizens’ personal data.

—Digital Trends

“The premise that an individual has

no reasonable expectation of privacy in

information voluntarily disclosed to third

parties is ill suited to the digital age.”

—Justice Sonia Sotomayor

July 8, 2011—After 168 years,

News of the World ceases publication

following revelations that the

British tabloid had hacked the phones

of hundreds of celebrities and politicians.

Whether or not you agree with ‘hack-tivists’
  • like Anonymous, they expose massive vulnerabilities in areas which are extremely sensitive.
  • They’ve become the unofficial
  • security testers of the world.
  • —, Feb. 3, 2012
Online communication meets
  • the definition of social capital,
  • as it provides a network where people
  • can interact in specific forums designed
  • for specific interests, as well as allowing for civic engagement in local communities.

—Schatzie Speaks blog,

Both the American people and nations that censor the internet should understand that our government is committed to helping promote internet freedom.—Hilary Clinton