First of all, the link:
<Blockquote><font size=“1”>The Washington Post:</font><hr>
“The Internet never forgets,” said James Alexander, an executive at eWatch Inc., a New York-based company that monitors the Internet for corporate clients.
People need to learn to comport themselves online with the same care that they take in their face-to-face dealings in the real world, suggests Howard Rheingold, author of “The Virtual Community,” a meditation on online life. “It’s important that people understand the consequences of their online behavior, that something that feels like an informal and ephemeral conversation is actually more permanent, more like publication than conversation,” Rheingold says. “We have absolutely no training in how to act in this new social environment, and the result is chaotic.”
Already, other workers are finding themselves haunted by their online statements. A Washington area lawyer who works at a regulatory agency but asked that his name not be published dropped out of one heated online debate after a participant threatened by e-mail to send the messages to his superiors: “I don’t think it would help your career if I was to dump all this information on somebody you work for . . . If you don’t shut up, that’s where it’s going to go.”
Basically, in many cases, you aren’t protected from what you say on the internet under your name (or your alias if someone finds out the connection). Any opinions?