Lift08 – Genevieve Bell on "Digital Deception"
Notes on the run…
Genevieve Bell is an anthropologist with a Ph.D. from Stanford. Why an anthropologist at Intel’s? Well… There are at least 30 of them there! Intel seems to want to understand what kind of a specie humans actually are.
“Technology changes faster than people do”
A few interesting figures:
- 45% of cellphone users in the UK lie about where they are
- 100% of online dating servicesin the US lie about themselves
- Men tell 20% more lies than women
- We tell somewhere btw 6-200 lies per day! (concealing misbehaviour, increasing popularity, keeping one’s social world ticking over)
We are entering “arms race of digital deception”
- Volker Sommer: self-deception is a part of survival
“secret” or sacred knowledge have deep history in many cultural, religious and political systems. Layers of knowledge – not everything should be known to everyone. Parallels with digital world are quite obvious: cultural ideals on the one hand (lying is bad) and cultural practices on the other.
Cites a research by Danah Boyd : a surprising % of myspaces users are over 100 (restricted access to 14 years and above)
About secrets and sacred, mentions postsecret.blogspot.com
=> Tensions between cultural practices and ideals persist around lies and secrets
=> Do the twin ideas of secrets & lies offer new ways to think about pricavy and security?
Brilliant talk, sorry I’m so lousy out taking notes…