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Reminder: What You Post on the Internet Is Visible to the Internet

In the age of the social Web, you’re more transparent than you might think.

That’s the point of a video making the rounds from filmmaker Jack Vale, whose “social media” experiment aims to highlight to people just how much personal information they broadcast without really grasping it.

Walking around crowded public areas, Vale combed through social media posts from Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and Foursquare to look up information on people nearby. He would then approach them and rattle off a list of details about their personal life, all to the shocked onlooker’s bewilderment.

It’s cute — if not a little creepy — but also a good reminder that, yes, your truth is out there. And you’re the one posting it.


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I think the NSA has a job to do and we need the NSA. But as (physicist) Robert Oppenheimer said, “When you see something that is technically sweet, you go ahead and do it and argue about what to do about it only after you’ve had your technical success. That is the way it was with the atomic bomb.”

— Phil Zimmerman, PGP inventor and Silent Circle co-founder, in an interview with Om Malik