So by now you all know what the ‘walled garden’ is, if not have a look at Marie’s blog.
Most students this week looked at what a walled garden is and how your privacy isn’t protected. I wanted to have a look at the way in which information is used from walled gardens and by other means, in order to understand just how dangerous giving your consent to websites such as Facebook is.
Since last December this ‘site‘ had been known to federal police but on the 16th of August two schools were mentioned in the media informing the Wollongong Education office.
As mentioned in this news article the site was hosted over seas, targeting many young girls from over 71 different Australian schools. Nudes and explicit images were shared and swapped between boys and men, who requested girls by name, postcode and school, as if they knew the girls they were targeting.
Many women were disturbed about the distribution of pictures and the specificity of asking for a certain girl.
Although we can certainly understand where these men have gained access to these explicit photos, through sites such as Facebook, Skype, iMessage and many other ways of sending your photos, the images cant be tracked to their original sharing point due to them now crossing different media platforms and the ‘site’ being hosted overseas.
As we can see through this prime example, our information that we share on any type of media platform, is and has never been safe.