Photo Reference: http://apcmag.com/protecting-your-online-identity.htm/
Before this topic was covered, I was not aware that my presence presented on various social media accounts are actually different personas and that this could lead to an integrity issue
I perceived the various social media sites as no more than competitors trying to provide users with a differential advantage. For instance, I perceived LinkedIn and Facebook to be somewhat on equal standing but the contents are drastically different in that while LinkedIn is a professional site, Facebook is a fun, social networking site
After reading my friends blog posts and reading mine once again, I realised that the issue of having a single or multiple online identity is a controversial one. Kaye (https://kayemcarter.wordpress.com/2016/11/07/authenticity-or-anonymity/) quoted Mark Zuckerberg as saying that “having two identities for yourself is a lack of integrity.”
While this could be true to some extent, do we then, in the name of integrity, present a 100% authentic self, only to be a victim of our own doing online ?
It was reported in Singapore that single ladies who went to a supposedly SAFE online dating site, were scammed by a group of Nigerians because they were transparent and honest
(Video Reference: Singapore Police Force)
In the Video “Cyber Piracy Parable” (in my blog post), information we post in public sites can be accessed by ANYONE who finds it, and our private communications might even be intercepted and read by ANYONE, including criminals [Nova PBS Official]. It was reported that in America, 15 million people[Douglas, 2007] have their identities stolen each year
The above highlights that the internet can indeed be a dangerous platform when we post information online. Onus is therefore on us to carefully analyse how to share our personal data (whether through a single or multiple online identity ) in a manner that is ethical and with integrity.
Douglas, R. (2007) Identity theft statistics: 15 million victims a year. Available at: http://www.identitytheft.info/victims.aspx (Accessed: 7 November 2016).
NOVA PBS Official (2014) A Cyber privacy parable. Available at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H0I7jQb37bo (Accessed: 7 November 2016).
Singapore Police Force (2011) Crimewatch 2010 episode 10 – Cyber Love Trap. Available at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7XUmBeG-Ln4 (Accessed: 7 November 2016).
Teresa, Y. (2016) ‘Category: Topic 2’, 7 November. Available at: https://onefivethreem.wordpress.com/category/topic-2/ (Accessed: 8 November 2016).
(No Date) Available at: https://shapeshed.com/images/articles/indentity_new.png (Accessed: 7 November 2016).