SecondCast #30: Privacy and Private Jokes

by Alphaville Herald on 28/08/06 at 10:35 am

Johnny “Jazz Hands” Ming is back, with the latest episode of Second Life‘s favorite podcast, SecondCast. In Episode #30 we talk to Mark Barrett, who created the site, which has caused no small amount of controversy among SL residents. SLStats, until Mark altered the site, tracked how much time you’d spent in Second Life, where you’d been and who you’d met there. But community pressure over privacy concerns led Mark to scale down the functionality. It’s an interesting discussion over privacy concerns in general, and how they manifest themselves in virtual worlds in particular. We’ve been on a bit of a hiatus lately, but stay tuned for more — including SecondCast’s first taping in front of a live audience, at the recent Second Life Community Convention. Fun stuff.

2 Responses to “SecondCast #30: Privacy and Private Jokes”

  1. Ronnie

    Aug 28th, 2006

    There is no link to opt-out of SLStats on the site now – not even a “contact” link where one can write to ask how to do so. Has he removed this functionality?

    I am strongly opposed to having my data logged against my will – is there no way to opt out of this? I’d rather opt-out of SL if I can’t…

  2. Walker Spaight

    Aug 28th, 2006

    I think it’s opt in now, so if you didn’t opt in, you ain’t in.

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