Justin du Coeur (jducoeur) wrote,
Justin du Coeur

The Social Web Bill of Rights

A number of recent discussions have concerned issues of privacy, security, portability and other issues surrounding the ownership of your personal information on the "social web". So folks may be intrigued by the new push to create a Social Web Bill of Rights.

I think it's an intriguing idea, although I give it at best even odds of success. Consumer movements like this can succeed if they gather enough supporters to pressure the big players into the idea, but it takes a lot of people -- enough to at least embarass the sites that don't play along, and ideally enough to present a real commercial (or legislative) threat. At this stage, I think it's possible, especially if either MySpace or Facebook decides to one-up the other by going along with it. But it's at least equally likely that they will both ignore the idea and hope that it goes away, and the odds are fairly good that it will do so...
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