A publication of
December Communications, Inc.
Computer-Mediated Communication Magazine
ISSN 1076-027X / Volume 4, Number 9 / September 1, 1997
- Editor's Page: You Never Surf Alone
- Special guest editor
Dirk vom Lehn introduces this special issue on data and information
collection by highlighting how the future of the Net and its impact
on culture depends on the
development of mechanisms that mediate between individuals'
privacy, business interests, and scientific research programs.
|SPECIAL FOCUS: DATA AND INFORMATION COLLECTION ON THE NET|
Data Collection as Free Speech
- Solveig Singleton argues that the public discourse about privacy
widely neglects the fact that privacy regulations contradict the
right of free speech. In the end, currently
imposed new privacy regulations could hurt individual rights and do
harm to the future of the Net.
- Justin Boyan describes how currently distributed technology allows
violations of individuals' privacy. He then outlines how privacy
can be protected by web surfers themselves when using his `Anonymizer'
system. He concludes by discussing current trends in web privacy.
A Brief History of anon.penet.fi
- Sabine Helmers describes history and legal problems of anon.penet.fi,
which has been one of the most popular anonymous remailers until its
operator recently shut down the server for legal and personal reasons.
One Perspective of Collecting Data on the Web
- Jennifer Gold and Denise Ethier present their perspective on data and
information collection on users of specific Web sites. They highlight
their motivations to carry out such a study, describe
their research tools, and discuss their way of using collected data.
Letters to the editor always welcome: