[ExI] Social Graph visibility akin to pain reflex

Jef Allbright jef at jefallbright.net
Sun Feb 3 17:10:47 UTC 2008

>From O'Reilly Radar, pertinent to extropian interests.

- Jef


> In a session at our "Social Graph Foo Camp" discussing yesterday's announcement of Google's Social Graph API, one of the debates is about the danger that the API (and the boost it gives to XFN) will definitively end "security by obscurity" regarding people and their relationships, as well as opening up the social graph to "rel=me" spammers. The counter-argument is that all this data is available anyway, and that by making it more visible, we raise people's awareness and ultimately their behavior. I'm in the latter camp. It's a lot like the evolutionary value of pain. Search creates feedback loops that allow us to learn from and modify our behavior. A false sense of security helps bad actors more than tools that make information more visible.

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