The Future of Reputation: Gossip, Rumor, and Privacy on the Internet

Daniel Solove
Founder of TeachPrivacy

 

Future of Reputation: Gossip, Rumor and Privacy on the Internet

 

I am now offering the full text of my book The Future of Reputation:  Gossip, Rumor, and Privacy on the Internet (Yale University Press 2007) online for FREE download.

In this work, published in 2007, I explored the implications of the online collision between free speech and privacy.  The idea for this book came to me soon after I began blogging in May 2005.  The purpose of the book was to explore in depth a set of fascinating yet very difficult questions and to propose some moderate compromises in the clash between privacy and free speech.   Focusing on blogs, Internet communities, cyber mobs, and other trends at the time, I looked at how the unconstrained flow of information on the Internet impeded opportunities for self-development and freedom. Longstanding notions of privacy still need review: unless we establish a balance among privacy, free speech, and anonymity, we may discover that the freedom of the Internet makes us less free.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1. Introduction: When Poop Goes Primetime

PART I:  RUMOR AND REPUTATION IN A DIGITAL WORLD

Chapter 2. How the Free Flow of Information Liberates and Constrains Us

Chapter 3. Gossip and the Virtues of Knowing Less

Chapter 4. Shaming and the Digital Scarlet Letter

PART II: PRIVACY, FREE SPEECH, AND THE LAW

Chapter 5. The Role of Law

Chapter 6. Free Speech, Anonymity, and Accountability

Chapter 7. Privacy in an Overexposed World

Chapter 8. Conclusion: The Future of Reputation

Click here to access the full text online for free.

 

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This post was authored by Professor Daniel J. Solove, who through TeachPrivacy develops computer-based privacy training, data security training, HIPAA training, and many other forms of awareness training on privacy and security topics.  Professor Solove also posts at his blog at LinkedIn.  His blog has more than 1 million followers.

Privacy+Security ForumProfessor Solove is the organizer, along with Paul Schwartz of the Privacy + Security Forum (Oct. 4-7, 2017 in Washington, DC), an annual event that aims to bridge the silos between privacy and security. 

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