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Building Trust 4 August 2014

Online Communications and Confidentiality – What do you need?

Christine Runnegar
By Christine RunnegarSenior Director, Internet Trust


When you posted last night’s party photo on social media, did you think about who might get access to that photo and how it might be used? When you sent an email to your friends about your government’s policies, who did you think would be reading that email? When you searched online for medical treatments, did you think anyone would be tracking your searches?

Communicating Confidentially

There are many reasons why Internet users might wish to be anonymous online, keep the content they are reading or sharing confidential, and why they may not want others to know which services they are using – privacy; personal security; concerns about surveillance by governments or private companies; concerns about potential repercussions for statements made in social media and/or hosting blogs for “cyber-activists”; and concerns about conclusions that may be drawn about them based on what they see and communicate on the Internet, to name a few. Each use case might require different tools and strategies.

To better understand the problem space, we would like to collect information from Internet users that will help us gain a more complete understanding of their needs and expectations for confidential communications online.

Take the Survey!

The Internet Society invites you to participate in an online survey to help us better understand what are your needs and expectations when it comes to communicating confidentially online.

Take the survey now

It only takes a few miniutes and will remain open until 26 August 2014.

Please help us gather more information by sharing the survey invitation with interested people. Thanks in advance for your help with this initiative.

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Disclaimer: Viewpoints expressed in this post are those of the author and may or may not reflect official Internet Society positions.

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