Privacy and the Ballot Secrecy

The presidential election in the US is over and we all congratulate Barack Obama on four more years in the White House. After a convincing victory he now starts his second term. He is now, after Bill Clinton, the second democratic President to be re-elected since the Second World War.

Speaking of election: This also includes the ballot secrecy. The following is stated on Wikipedia:

The secret ballot is a voting method in which a voter‘s choices in an election or a referendum are anonymous. The system is one means of achieving the goal of political privacy.”

Secret ballot. In slight contradiction to this are the facts about a survey saying that 22 % of  registered voters in the US have shared their vote on Facebook, Twitter & Co. Social network users between the ages of 18 and 29 seem to be the most communicative voters. Continue reading Privacy and the Ballot Secrecy

Cyberbullying – Not Just for Children!

According to Wikipedia, Cyberstalkers (cyberbullies/cyberharrasers) “threaten a victim’s earnings, employment, reputation and/or safety using things like Weblogs, industry forums or boards and commercial Web sites.

One of the ways you can protect yourself online is to be active on social media sites, such as Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and YouTube.  If you use these tools to build your reputation, to help those in need and show that you genuinely care about others, people will soon begin to trust and depend on you.  Then, if someone tries to blacken your reputation or write untrue stories about you, your friends and contacts can leap to your defense.

Another way is to add yourself to people search and reputation management tools, such as .
This new tool, launched in 2008, states “So many people are unaware of what personal information is actually available on the Internet, and Yasni offers a fun and exciting way of keeping track of your own and others online reputation.”.

By searching for your profile online, you can see what type of content leads directly to you that people might be using in their efforts to harass you.