Digital Shadow – Reflection Week 10

Posted: May 18, 2012 in Uncategorized

An interesting week discussing the Digital Shadow and content being published on the web that we cannot always control.

There was discussion about Facebook on the Discussion board, where other students mostly agreed and felt the same way about publishing their personal information.  Many students are now removing content and not using Facebook to broadcast their day to day lives.

Another student comment that she had deleted emails from her inbox to find that after deleting them  the emails were still there regardless of deleting them.  Also, another student commented that your copies of our information has probably been backed up and could be accessed on a database somewhere even after deleting the information.

This highlighted the systems that we use as being important, in particular being able to control what information you publish about yourself, such as turning off a profile picture or your name. Especially in the instance of employers, privacy is of paramount in preventing colliding worlds online.

I conducted a search in Google to search the web for information linked to my name “Cherie Saunders”.  The results returned my blog, linkedin, facebook and genealogy website.

Another website that returns results including images of the search criteria is, enter your name and see what appears.  Its in our best interest we can try control what images are posted of ourselves online.

Discussed in the lecturer was Google street view, where all over the world, a google car drove around every street and took photos of houses.  A friend of mine told me her father in law had been photographed out of the front of his house in his jocks, and then saved onto Google street view. Is this a envasion of privacy?  Apparently it is not breaking the law although in Germany laws have been passed to allow people to request their photos be removed from Google street view and Google has set measured to adhere to this.

In the above example where the father in law was standing out the front of his house with only his undewear showing, Boyd states “An opt-out dynamic means that users have to consciously choose what it is that they wish to hide and then remember their choices as they are navigating the system. When the default is hyper- public, individuals are not simply able to choose what they wish to expose – they have to choose what they wish to hide.” (Boyd, 2008).  People are being forced to hide rather than having the option to opt-out and is putting pressure on individuals to police their own online identity.

As part of this learning reflection I found it interesting that other students including myself and a tutor had discussed Facebook and privacy on the discussion board  and recently started to delete and reduce participation online because of potential issues. People are being forced to hide rather than having the option to opt-out and is putting pressure on individuals to police their own online identity and making others suspicious of what they are trying to hide.  Once again this has provided me with an opportunity to relate conceptual understandings to practical implementation of communication and collaboration tools online and use various Internet applications for communication and collaboration.

Privacy and reputation.

The links below are provided that outline the problems with posting video, photos and content of people on the web, and where worlds have collided resulting in bad outcomes and dimishing their reputation, such as loss of employment, being bullied at school, and even changing name and leaving to live in another country.

The ‘Star Wars Kid’ Sued The People Who Made Him Famous – Business Insider

Fuck you, Google _ Fugitivus

Dog Poop Girl – FamousPictures

About _ dooce®


boyd, danah (2008). “Facebook’s Privacy Trainwreck: Exposure, Invasion, and Social Convergence.” Convergence, 14 (1),

Solove, D., (2007). How the Free Flow of Information Liberates and Constrains Us, in The Future of Reputation: Gossip, Rumor and Privacy on the Internet.   Available:

Angwin, J. (2011). How Much Should People Worry About the Loss of Online Privacy? Wall Street Journal. Retrieved from   (You can also find the full reponses online from Jeff Jarvis and danah boyd.)


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