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Internet Identities Have Nowhere To Hide


December 21, 2010

In a report for The New York Times, Jenna Wortham retells a personal experience where a stranger tracked her online using her various Internet profiles to ask the question, "As digital identities become increasingly persistent across the Web, is it still possible to reinvent oneself online?" As one expert points out in the report, "As we casually go about our business, we are leaking all kinds of data that someone can piece back together." The report looks at entrepreneurs trying to build "some layers of anonymity back into the Web" and suggests the possibility that "the demands of a digital lifestyle have set a larger cultural transition into motion." (Registration may be required to access this story.)
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