Tuesday, July 31, 2007

Spam on the world wild web


Can you imagine how the world would be if there would exist no type of personal identification? I guess people would be out there committing all sort of crimes and there would be no way to know who they are and no way to prevent them to keep doing it, etc. I might sound a little apocalyptic but I really could not imagine such a world and certainly would not like to live in a world like that.

I wonder if the internet is just in such early stages that we still not reached the point to see the need of officially issued identifications. In a sense this traceability issue goes against the very nature of the web and what made it what it is, I'm not denying that, but my thinking is that when the net starts being a bigger and more crucial part of our lives not requiring a net identity will be similar to not having one on the "real" world, something most of us can't even imagine.

Spam is an issue today, but probably is one of the net issues that could be easier to control. GMail for instance does a great job cleaning inboxes from spam in a very efficient way in a very web 2.0 way by having users report spam and improving their filters based on those reports. This is one argument towards keeping the net free and anonymous, but there is so much scam out there and it's possibilities are growing and almost endless.

As radical as it seems, I really wonder if some years from now the net would go to a identification schema or hybrid with different levels of authorizations where people can have their own settings as to what authorization level they allow/disallow for different net activities. In this way I could decide I will not accept emails from anybody that does not have a national identification issued, etc.

I'm not saying I like it ... just that I think this is the way it'll go ...

4 comments:

Willy Coyote said...

It is interesting (though somehow apocalyptic) what you menction. Internet is a "place" where anonymity and massive popularity creates an environment in which many people tend to act amorally. It is sad, but you can see it in forums (as an example) everyday (some terms used include trolling, flaming and impersonation).
As you, I dont particularly like it, but I feel is one of the next steps, as online communities are growing everyday. It will affect the open philosopy of the web, but at the same time it will make the users more responsible of their online activity.

Cecilia Abadie said...

Sorry for using your coyote on this one ;)

Because the net is a new media new solutions might arise, but I suspect in this case the old solution might be the one to stick ...

Willy Coyote said...

True, but I think the old one is also the most inmediate, so it will, at least, be the first approach.

PS: Actually, I like your picture of the coyote more than the one I use. With your permition, I may change it someday :)...

Cecilia Abadie said...

Be my guest!

We won't loose the net's hackability any time soon ;)