Internet Governance

Privacy, Literacy and Social Networking.

This related to the increased use of social networking sites by teenagers, and the impact of their most intimate thoughts, photos and discussions being exposed online. Concern was raised about balancing the right to freedom of expression with the right to privacy which is lost when information is put onto a public forum.  Suggestions were made about software offering privacy options, yet even expiry dates for information was unreliable when information could be downloaded beforehand and posted up again without permission of the original owner of the information. How does one protect one’s own information from being misused by others? Future implications of information put on open social networking sites were also demonstrated by the example of a potential employee being refused a position in a company after the appointment panel had viewed photos on her Facebook profile and determined that she was not a suitable person for their company.