“In the Age of the Internet, Anonymity will Disappear”

That’s what I allegedly said in an interview with Kristian T. Marthinsen of NHH’s online newspaper, “Paraplyen.”

Here’s the interview.

The free auto translation software programs out there on the net kind of suck. I ran the first couple of paragraphs of this article through Intertran and this is what it spat out (I’ve edited the first parag as best I could for readability; the second one is left as it emerged, so you can see what we’ve got to work with here).

In the future, net-surfers won’t have the same degree of anonymity as they have today. “In the future you will either be displayable or will have to disclose your attendance in a variety of web-sites and services,” says professor Robert Kozinets. “More and more Internet sites and e-services will be able to discern and demand information from their members.”

This week am førsteamanuensis in markedsføring against York College Robert Kozinets på NHH for å hold on to a doktorgradskurs about nettsamfunn for PhD – the students. IN årene as comes discern he for her big alterations for they social community , or communities , as it goes by the name of på fagspråket. Such community må no matter confound along with nettaviser. Hovedelementet at the back a succesful nettsamfunn am that it is the the users herself as assigning contend.

Hmmmm. Any kind Norwegian souls out there feel like translating the article and posting it back here? It’d be much appreciated.

Anyways, it was an interesting, wide-ranging interview where we spoke about many things.

Apparently, one of the most newsworthy was my observation that as we move around online we are constantly being tagged and cookied, and that the net effect of all our Facebooking and networking, combined with the increasing incorporation of GPS devices into our mobiles is that of course we are going to lose our anonymity, but gain all sorts of interesting services in the meantime.

I also said that people will have the opportunity to opt out of those services, temporarily or on a more Luddite like permanent basis. Don’t use the net, don’t provide personal data, don’t bring along a GPS coded mobile device. Then you can just be a face in the crowd.

I don’t foresee forceful microchipping of everyone, or barcoding of foreheads, any time in the near future. This is the old services-for-privacy tradeoff. And like many others in the newer generations, I’m not completely sure what all the fuss is about. For the members of a hyperconnected, networked, twitter-enabled tribe, privacy is overrated.

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