Response #3: Do we need a Bill of Rights for the social web?

In Uncategorized on October 7, 2009 at 1:25 am

Similar to the United States of America, The World Wide Web is a place where we, as citizens, feel we have rights and freedoms for everyone to abide by inorder to keep order. Like the U.S. Bill of Rights, a Bill of Rights for the social web is here to protect web citizen’s, also know as user’s, certain liberties, which are stated below:

Bill of Rights for the social web

1. Ownership of our own personal information.

2. Control of whether and how such personal information is used.

3. Freedom to grant persistent access to our personal info.

Even though they all are very simple, this Bill of Rights allows users to understand they are in control of the level of privacy they wish to have when using the social web. And under these rights, users have the liberty to have similar rights as the U.S. Bill of Right’s 1st amendment: Freedom of speech, press, religion and assembly; right to petition, but of course all on the web.

The reason why we have the Bill of Rights in the U.S. Constitution is so that government will enforce and protect the basic principles of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness for all citizens. If there were no rules enforced to look out for the people of this democratic country, there would be no order in the universe or the social web.

After reading some of the comments from the Open Social Web Blog, I see that in today’s society there are some users who feel they need rights based on one’s self interest and to protect themselves from users who try to misuse content of others. I believe in an age where millions of people are making incomes through the Internet it is contributed to our economy. The Internet has become similar to our democracy, there is virtually no one government controlling all the users, but there is a need to have some type of rules or principles in place so there can be set guidelines of usage just like the U.S. Bill of Rights.

For the social web, the rules are focused on a users personal information because on these multiple platforms like facebook, twitter, youtube, etc. users are publicizing their information through conversations, images, links, etc. to the virtual unknown.

These conservations are the building blocks of social media, yet can also mislead users to think that the information shared is only between the members of the individual chat, forum, or website. But unfortunately the Internet has ways of not erasing data and having information searchable and spread around for a long time. I remember the first day of Social Media class, my Professor Mike stated, “once something is released on the internet you cant take it back”. With that in mind, its even more apparent that social web users know what Bill of Rights for the social web they have when dealing on a specific site or platform.


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