Are we authentic? As mentioned in my previous post, having multiple identities results in a low authenticity. But, does having a single identity generally make users more authentic?
Through my discussion with Amoz, I learnt that even though profile experimentation(“more real” or “idealized” identities)exists – these profiles reflect the same digital breadcrumbs of the same persona – a different symptom for the same core self (The Guardian, 2017).
My discussion with Pearl, further reinforce my thoughts on how authenticity can be measured in online identities. She mentioned that it is crucial to evaluate the objectivity of the identities before making a decision on what is “authentic” or not – bringing us back to Topic 2.
Interestingly, Hine (2008) states that the authenticity of users is linked to trust -the “authenticity” of information given/ received depends on the trust between users and their audience (Hine, 2008). So, who is to say that multiple identities are “less authentic”?
Interesting take on trust as a factor in receiving authentic information on SNS:
Back to online identities, Amoz’s post got me thinking about online privacy. He states that online privacy is the ability to personalised information to the different social scopes.
“Different sites, different audiences, different purposes.” she says. “Very simple.”
Online privacy concerns have been on the rise – especially true in the USA, where the NSA conducted a mass surveillance operation in 2013 (Harvard Gazette, 2017).
The information users put online can be exploited for social media tracking, political leanings, loyalty cards, in-store location and smartphone battery (to name a few) (Makeuseof, 2017). Below are some security measures internet users can take:
Fig 1.1 | Net Privacy graphics by Coleman/ Harvard Staff
What exactly is Online Security? Take a look at the video below:
Source: Self-produced using various sources
To sum up, the authenticity of online identities is dependent on the trust between users and audience. While users should take extra measures on privacy and security, regardless of their choice of online identity. Stay safe on the web!
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