The Case for Online Obscurity

Drawing from multiple disciplines, Woodrow Hartzog of the Cumberland School of Law at Samford University and Frederic Stutzman of the H. John Heinz III College at Carnegie Mellon University have developed a focused, clear and workable definition of online obscurity: Information is obscure online if it exists in a context missing one or more key factors that are essential to discovery or comprehension. We have identified four of these factors: Search visibility, unprotected access, identification and clarity. This framework could be applied as an analytical tool or as part of an obligation.
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