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July 31, 2008

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Aaron Rester

Prof. Chander,

I'm most interested in your second point, about the vulnerability we all face given the ease of reproduction of digital information about ourselves.

For those of us who are information workers and therefore necessarily spend a great deal of our time online, it is inevitable that we will leave digital traces, or a data shadow. Between blog posts, Amazon reviews, Flickr, Facebook, and Twitter accounts, I have to accept a certain amount of risk that one of these things may someday come back to bite me.

As a result, I am pretty cautious about what I post (and advise colleagues and clients to do the same) -- I try never to post anything that I wouldn't want my mother, my boss, or a potential client to read, see, or hear.

Of course, this doesn't preclude someone else from posting incriminating or embarrassing information about me online. The solution to that problem, I think, is to take control of the stream of information available about yourself by contributing to it, not by running from it and allowing others to define your web presence (Wired just had an interesting piece about Julia Allison, who has ridden this strategy to a kind of seedy, Paris Hilton-like internet fame [see http://www.wired.com/culture/lifestyle/magazine/16-08/howto_allison ]).

Basically, at the end of the day, I want to be sure that when someone Googles me, my website is at the top of the list; avoiding the creation of a data shadow only provides others with license to create one for you.

uc student

Actually, the New York Times did (implicitly) reveal its source for these exams, which are normally password-protected and limited to those affiliated with the University of Chicago -- the post on the Times' website contains a line that notes, "additional reporting contributed by..." and that person is a Chicago student.

BDL

There is something I didn't understand in the NYT's article; it said that Obama produced no scholarly publications during his time at UC. Is that usual for a member of the UC lawschool faculty?

Pithlord

Even more amazing is that he was offered tenure without any publications. What happened there?

EdwinLJones

I have emailed Mr. Obama concerning continuing constitutional, civil and human rights violations that have occured in my life over the last 18 years with a collaborative effort by the government to keep those violations quiet. There has been no response from his camp. I understand that there are bigger fish to fry. State of Indiana v Edwin Jones 49G069001CF007921

sabrea

yes im looking forward to being in chicago law school

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