For better or worse, Internet profiles and postings have an effect on reputations in the real world, Leslie Cannold writes in an op-ed piece for The Sydney Morning Herald. "Broadcast mediums come and go but the principle remains the same," she suggests, as "it's all in the public domain. And if you say it, you must own it, along with any downstream consequences." When it comes to online interactions and privacy, Cannold writes that the key is that people "must understand the risks and benefits the choice entails...that the snail trail of their online life can be matched, mashed, collated, broadcast and rebroadcast by anybody, in any context, for any reason, for many years into the future."
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