The Secret's Out: New Technology Speakers Weigh In On Internet Privacy [VIDEO]
Both Harfoush and Eaves agree that there is a price to pay for sharing everything online. Harfoush argues that the social norms associated with online activity are just an extension of real-life norms. "Paying certain prices and towing the line in certain respects around social norms are nothing new," Harfoush said in an interview with Lavin. "We do them in our real world every single day." She continues: "If everything is available online then I'm just going to be super careful about what I post, and what I look for, and what I browse."
Erring on the side of caution is certainly good advice. However, as a former member of Obama's New Media team, and the co-founder of the strategic consulting firm Red Thread Inc, she knows first hand that it is a bigger red flag to see that someone has no digital footprint than it is to see someone whose online activity is questionable. David Eaves, a negotiations specialist and a leading voice of the "open" revolution, agrees, but adds that as social media begins to mature, our views surrounding what can and can't be shared may change. "I actually think that if there's not a certain amount of your life that’s open and online, people may not believe you," he tells Lavin. He also thinks that sharing more online "may actually lead to a more forgiving society."