In a post earlier this week, I suggested that doing what many people, including attorneys general, have somewhat understandably called for in the name of defeating human trafficking and prostitution – deleting Craigslist’s Adult Services section – would do little to solve the problem. But writing in the Huffington Post, social media researcher danah boyd – who herself has been victimized, she wrote – clearly explains why deleting that section not only makes no headway in solving the problem but also helps the criminals. First, there are a few things most of us new to the user-driven social Web don’t understand: that taking away the visible online representation of an offline activity does not erase the activity itself; that the visible representation can be useful to law enforcement, which can do something about the offline activity; and that taking away the visibility of illegal activity can actually help the criminals, who tend to prefer operating in secret. “In short,” boyd writes, “Craigslist is not a pimp, but a public perch from which law enforcement can watch without being seen.” What we’re talking about here, is kind of a latter-day “don’t kill the messenger.” But read her whole post for much more clarity.
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NetFamilyNews – by Anne Collier
- Zooming in on social norms (sidebar)
- Beginning of the end of #purge, revenge porn or social cruelty?
- For our kids & ourselves: Presence in a digital age
- Manage Net risk but focus more on opportunities: Researchers
- Proposed ‘rightful’ framework for Internet safety
- Social media in Saudi schools … sort of
- Textbook case of what NOT to do in teen sexting cases
- Breadth of videogames’ benefits to kids may surprise
Analysis & News – by Larry Magid
- Don’t let stalkers or abusers and creeps track your phone’s location
- Let’s stop persecuting ‘Auschwitz selfie girl’ for smiling at a camera
- EFF launches free Privacy Badger for Firefox and Chrome to block hidden trackers
- Privacy and security tips for newly-minted college students
- Google to stop labeling apps with in-app purchases as ‘free’
- Home automation and ‘Internet of things’ is great — but think about privacy and security
- Time for public to weigh in on ‘net neutrality’
- The ‘real world’ is a lot more dangerous than cyberspace