Thursday, April 09, 2009

New Book on Anonymity, Privacy and Identity in a Networked Society

A new five country study on the protection of privacy on the Internet was launched yesterday at a ceremony hosted by the Privacy Commissioner of Canada.

Entitled Lessons from The Identity Trail: Anonymity, Privacy and Identity in a Networked Society, the study was conducted by scholars from Canada, the United States, the United Kingdom, Netherlands and Italy. The book is available online by way of a Creative Commons licence. The online version is being released in three parts on April 8, April 28, and May 6.

It found that there is little protection for anonymity on the Net and that there is a trend toward policies requiring people to be identified even for routine everyday commercial transactions.

The book is part of the On the Identity Trail project, a multidisciplinary research project funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council.

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posted by Michel-Adrien at 12:11 pm

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