The Future of Reputation by Daniel Solove

There’s a great secondhand bookstore in my neighborhood that I can not get out of without buying a book. I rationalize my weakness by blaming their random one of a kind selection and half off or better prices. Over the weekend I bought one that addresses one of my concerns about Web 2.0 – The Future of Reputation: Gossip, Rumor and Privacy on the Internet by Daniel J. Solove who teaches at GW Law.

He talks about areas of the law that should be updated to reflect the realities of life on the Internet: privacy, confidentiality, control and freedom of the press. Below is lecture he gave on February 11, 2008 as part of the Authors@Google series. Solove blogs at Concurring Opinions and you can read the book online which is an even bigger bargain than my neighborhood dealer.

From his lecture:

“Reputation, Reputation, Reputation!

O, I have lost my reputation!

I have lost the immortal part of my self

and what remains is bestial.”

Cassio in Shakespeare’s Othello


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