Sanjib Mitra is a man who likes to be responsible and do the right thing. A year ago he discovered, quite by accident, that a little bit of URL tweaking could reveal personal data about people other than himself within a website database. He was completing a complicated application form himself when he was faced with a blank page and a browser back button that did nothing, so he tried changing numerical data at the end of the URL in an effort to salvage some of the information he had spent the previous hour entering. His reward was not time …

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The Internet has shown that reputations are important but don't have to be tied to specific real individuals. The entire banking system is built on top of the idea of reputation, but tries hard to tie them to real identities. The problem of identity theft is likely to break this connection. We will see a greater disconnect between individuals and their reputations. Identity theft has been a big hit with the purveyors of fear in recent years. We all now live in terror of waking up one morning and finding that someone has stolen our identity, and we can’t even …

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Here's a worrying trend - people are pretending to be other people on the Internet and social networks. So far, so incredibly well-known, predictable and not at all surprising. What is perhaps more of a surprise is that when a fake is uncovered they tend to [URL="http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/technology/7929360.stm"]stick around[/URL]. They don't go away, no matter how much we might want them to. This has implications for Web marketeers - specifically that imitators are less easy to get rid of than you might have thought. This is bad news because it means the only way to be certain is through prevention. So …

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His Holiness the Dalai Lama has been booted from Twitter after the social networking service said an account set up in his name was by an impersonator. The account, @OHHDL -- for The Office of His Holiness the Dalai Lama -- launched over the weekend and gained more than 20,000 followers (including me, around 8,000 or so). "Welcome to the official Twitter page of His Holiness the Dalai Lama -- administered by The Office of His Holiness the Dalai Lama," the first message read, followed several hours later by "Our office is currently overwhelmed by responses from our first day …

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