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Cyber Bullying: How They Deal With Kathy Sierra In Korea

by | 30th, June 2007

REMEMBER when marketing and technology blogger Kathy Sierra started getting death threats in comments on her blog? What to do about it? Korea has an idea that catches Dizzy’s eye :

How bizarre, according to the Times , new laws in South Korea will require users who post on bulletin board to submit their name and social security number before being allowed to post in a bid to tackled anonymous bullying. There are a number of implications here.First, one must assume that site has the ability to cross-reference names to social security data. That implies either the South Korean Government is giving private company full database information on its citizen to private companies, or it is exposing some sort of query webservice for validation purposes.

The latter is more likely I think, which then raises some serious civil liberty and privacy concerns. Firstly, what is there to stop private bulletin boards caching the queried data and build up its own validation database? What happens if the private bulletin board sites are compromised? What is there to stop user A finding out user B’s social security number and posting as him? Presumably the sites will not let non-nationals

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