I had recently joined Google Plus as well. Up until they brought out a Real name policy.
You can see it here. http://www.google.com/support/+/bin/answer.py?hl=en&answer=1228271
Yet so many people on there are helping pushing this idea, totally ignoring the dangers this involves to people like I mention about. I'm not talking a couple of people, I mean thousands are supporting the idea of real names and calling those who don't use them Trolls. This shows me a lot about how misinformed the general public is about what they are pushing.
At this point I'm find Google plus to be even more dangerous to people than Facebook is. Those who know me, know that's a big deal for me to say. Here is more info to check out as well.
Why Facebook Facial Recognition Should Scare You
COLUMN: Facebook threatens to make your face your identity and connect it to any other information you give to the social network.
Here's danah boyd in very good form, explaining why "Real Name" policies like the one Google has rammed down Google Plus users' throats (and like the insanely naive one that Randi Zuckerberg would like to foist on the entire Internet) are an abuse of power: Over and over again, people keep pointing to Facebook as an example where “real names” policies work. This makes me laugh hysterically. One of the things that became patently clear to me in my fieldwork is that countless teens who signed up to Facebook late into the game chose to use pseudonyms or nicknames. What’s even more noticeable in my data is that an extremely high percentage of people of color used pseudonyms as compared to the white teens that I interviewed. Of course, this would make sense…
The people who most heavily rely on pseudonyms in online spaces are those who are most marginalized by systems of power. “Real names” policies aren’t empowering; they’re an authoritarian assertion of power over vulnerable people. These ideas and issues aren’t new (and I’ve even talked about this before), but what is new is that marginalized people are banding together and speaking out loudly. And thank goodness.
Again now take a good long read at this technology and what it can do. Here is a pdf file you can save for future use.
Privacy Risks Increase as Facial Recognition Technology Improveshttp://www.tmcnet.com/topics/articles/203622-privacy-risks-increase-as-facial-recognition-technology-improves.htm
Facial recognition is an Internet feature which is growing in popularity. But while Facebook and Google (News - Alert) are expanding facial recognition options – researchers from Carnegie Mellon University are warning about the dangers it poses to privacy.
Several Carnegie Mellon researchers were able to ID some one-third of the subjects they tested, using a photo and facial-recognition technology from Google.
Alarmingly, one of lead researchers, Alessandro Acquisti, said that 27% of the time, using data from the subjects’ Facebook (News - Alert) profiles, they could correctly identify the first five digits of the subject’s Social Security numbers, according to a report from The Wall Street Journal.
“Two experiments demonstrated the ability of identifying strangers online (on a dating site where individuals protect their identities by using pseudonyms) and offline (in a public space), based on photos made publicly available on a social network site,” Acquisti wrote on his website. “A third … experiment illustrated the ability of inferring strangers' personal or sensitive information (their interests and Social Security numbers) from their faces, by combining face recognition, data mining algorithms, and statistical re-identification techniques.”
The results of the study raise many issues on “the future of privacy in an ‘augmented’ reality world in which online and offline data will seamlessly blend,” he said.
Be sure to check out all the links about for everything said in these article. If you haven't been paying attention to this stuff. You may want to start and begin taking action against this tech being used against your rights and privacy.
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