CDT and TRUSTe recently hosted "Social Networking: The Challenges of Privacy and Openness," a discussion in their continuing Internet Policy Series. A five-minute video recapping the highlights of the event can be found here. Held on the Google Campus in Mountain View, CA, on Oct. 7, the discussion was moderated by Fred Vogelstein of Wired Magazine and included a potent lineup of speakers: Chris Conley, Technology and Civil Liberties Fellow at ACLU Northern California; David Glazer, Engineering Director at Google and Board member of OpenSocial Foundation; and Tim Sparapani, Director of Public Policy at Facebook. The speakers discussed the tensions that exist between privacy and openness in a social networking environment that is primarily intended for people to share information. The discussion touched on trust between users and social networking sites, new definitions of privacy in the social networking world, the continuing evolution of users' privacy expectations, and the limitations of giving users granular control of their personal information.
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