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Laying down the groundwork.

The social world online is filled with conversations and ideas from people all over the world––creating a massive amount of networks. In order to protect these individual users and their growing social networks––from individuals and companies seeking to exploit and prey upon their rights to share and socialize––a Bill of Rights for the online social world is necessary. Just what would I want in my Bill of Rights for the social web to include?

When I think of a Bill of Rights I think:
Declaration of liberties
Asserting fundamental rights of people
Ground rules
Statements that establishes human protection

Bloggers and tech gurus, Marc Canter and Joseph Smarr, two of the pioneers in the effort to create and promote a Bill of Rights for a social web, have proposed three key components: Ownership, Control, and Freedom. Of course this has created a ground–floor for others to debate. Blogger of Read Write Web, Josh Catone advocates the protection of personal data, which he states “should include personal data like your age, interests, location, and who you associate with, and attention data like the DVDs you’ve viewed, or the blog posts you’ve read.” This brings up a good point! Just how many people should know how obsessed I am with a certain actor on CSI Miami by the amount of my youtube video views of the show?

Blogger and architect of the cross-browser library xWinLib, Steve Repetti, expounds upon protection and the originally proposed key components, by adding his key elements––privacy, usage, and control; users having the right to share and take–away not just personal data but also posts. Shouldn’t I be allowed to delete my anonymous post to an ex-boyfriend––that I really didn’t intend on sending––without someone tracking it?

I must agree with the originators. Ownership. Control. Freedom.

I just can’t help to wonder about how much protection of my personal and usage data will be given/allowed without restriction. Isn’t that what its about? Would companies, even the company I work for––that relies on online lead data––allow users to opt-in and opt-out certain and or all data from social sites at our own will? This topic––a Bill of Rights for the social web––has created buzz. I hope it creates more than a buzz! I hope it creates laws and universal standards for companies and networks to follow, so that individuals don’t feel like prey in our own homes on our computer as we express ourselves.