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Open Social Web

Posted on 9.05.2007

A lot of attention has been given this week to a bill of rights for users of the social Web. The authors (Joseph Smarr, Marc Canter, Robert Scoble, and Michael Arrington) publicly assert that all users of the social web are entitled to certain fundamental rights, specifically:

  • Ownership of their own personal information, including their own profile data, the list of people they are connected to and the activity stream of content they create.
  • Control of whether an dhow such personal information is shared with others; and the
  • Freedom to grant persistent access to their personal information to trusted external sites.

This is definitely something to spend some time thinking about considering the announcement this morning by Facebook, especially if you are responsible for the social web applications and hesitant.

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