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Roger Clarke's 'Consumer-Oriented Social Media'

Consumer-Oriented Social Media as Market Opportunity

Sketch of 18 October 2012

Prepared to support a Keynote Presentation at a Conference on Privacy in the Social Networked World, at Meiji University, Tokyo, on 20 November 2012

Roger Clarke **

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Abstract

The term 'social media' refers to a cluster of applications and online services that support human interaction, broadcasting and sharing. Current services are isolated islands or 'walled gardens', and are based on a business model that is highly exploitative of individuals and their data. Consumer-oriented social media require an open architecture featuring inter-operability and portability, and privacy-sensitivity that is foreign to, and in conflict with, the dominant business model. Privacy aspects of current services are catalogued, in order to identify opportunities for alternative schemes based on much less manipulative and far more consumer-friendly business models.


Contents


1. Introduction

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The paper commences by classifying social media features, identifying genres, and describing the dominant business model underlying current services. It then presents a catalogue of the privacy concerns that exist about those services. This provides the foundation for an assessment of the opportunities that exist for the emergence of consumer-oriented social media, including key features and alternative business models. A brief review is provided of attempts to date to create such tools.


2. Social Media

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2.1 Social Media Features

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2.2 The Social Media Business Model

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3. Privacy Concerns

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4. Opportunities for Consumer-Oriented Social Media

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4.1 Features

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4.2 Alternative Business Models

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4.3 Some Exemplars

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5. Conclusions

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References

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Acknowledgements

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Author Affiliations

Roger Clarke is Principal of Xamax Consultancy Pty Ltd, Canberra. He is also a Visiting Professor in the Cyberspace Law & Policy Centre at the University of N.S.W., and a Visiting Professor in the Research School of Computer Science at the Australian National University.



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