Monday, 12 March 2012
The afternoon session was divided up into a discussion of public - private affects of social media. The first speakers Nusta Nina talked about different CSMP user catgorisations and practices including the digital narcissism or vulnerable narcissism of 'The Nexters' (young people). I.e young people do not at this moment in their lives, care about privacy. The idea of a 'distributed identity' and how concepts of OpenID had still to take hold. Another point that I have mentioned in my research is the idea of terms & conditions creep. In that the terms and conditions you sign up to in 2005 change over the years, and generally you are not required to resign up or are given the option to leave (with all your data which related to your initial sign up), which ties in to a call for a greater media literacy amongst users. Arnold Roosendaal made the point that the 'Like' button works in a passive manner, and does not need to be clicked to record data (something that is now illegal in parts of Germany). He then went on to talk about ID construction, in particular mentioned the Gary Walker experiment which exposes the ease of ID forgery, and also the reliance that third party platforms, such as Spotify have on Facebook Connect, which during a recent server collapse meant that Spotify was down as well.