Future Of Reputation By David Solove

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From that AOL software CD that arrived via snail mail, to those elaborate HTML backgrounds on Myspace, to today’s latest social media sites like Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, the Internet has steadily been growing and influencing society for over twenty years now. This impact has further complicated the balance between privacy and free speech. At the core of this debate is how reputations are affected by rumors, gossip, and shaming across the internet. In his book, future of reputation, David Solove argues, while technologies are constantly changing, human nature remains steadfast. The law must meet the challenge to address these ever-changing technologies’ effect on one’s reputation and strive to protect the privacy while ensuring the freedom of speech. Consider the case of a twenty-three-year-old Yale student who desired to be an investment banker. The ambitious man named Aleksey took an unorthodox route to secure employment with global financial giant UBS. Along with his rather a long eleven-page resume, he made a seven-minute video of himself and titled it, “Impossible is Nothing.” Clearly, the sole purpose of the video was to secure employment with UBS. Even though much of the content, exercising and dancing, had nothing to do with investment banking, Aleksey thought it would help him to stand out and separate from the pack. Nowhere did he express the content was About a week after the Oklahoma City bombing in 1995open for public view and submitted to HR in…

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