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Jovan Kurbalija April 17, 2012

Sharing is as natural as hiding. The game “hide and seek” is still very popular among kids. It is a game as old as nature, a competition between predator and prey. Plants and animals optimize their camouflage and increase their chances for surviva. Humans are no different. Since we started wandering on the steppes of the Serengeti, the key to survival has been to see the prey, and not be seen by predators, and with the development of civilization later on, by other humans. Military history is, to a large extent, the history of camouflage and deception. These thousands years of our collective memory are deeply coded in human society. They should not be discarded by the excitement of the here and now. As usual, chrono-narcissism is dangerous. Deeper instincts and habits cannot be suppressed. Like water, atavistic instincts always find their way to the surface and surprise us. They usually win against noble ideas and we are left worse off. This is one of the clear lessons of history. Can we learn from it? How can a new Internet social contract establish balance among sharing, transparency, openness, privacy and security, to name a few? Taken from: http://deepdip.wordpress.com/2010/12/08/transparency-and-atavistic-instincts-to-see-and-not-be-seen/
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Mary April 17, 2012

How can a new Internet social contract establish balance among sharing, transparency, openness, privacy and security? That indeed is the question. I can't quite get my head around seeing the words sharing and privacy in the same sentence or, for that matter, the words openness and security. They seem mutually exclusive to me. How can I be private and still share? And surely the more open something is, the more its security suffers? Can any sort of social contract bridge this divide or are we, as SM users, facing a choice between these concepts? In fact, haven't most of us already made that choice by demoting privacy on our list of priorities in favour of public recognition for what we share?

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