[EN] Your Labrador Has Gay Left-Wing Friends

Posted on September 22, 2009
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Proof of Concept

Proof of Concept

Project ‘Gaydar’

At MIT, an experiment identifies which students are gay, raising new questions about online privacy

It started as a simple term project for an MIT class on ethics and law on the electronic frontier.

Two students partnered up to take on the latest Internet fad: the online social networks that were exploding into the mainstream. With people signing up in droves to reconnect with classmates and old crushes from high school, and even becoming online “friends” with their family members, the two wondered what the online masses were unknowingly telling the world about themselves.

The pair weren’t interested in the embarrassing photos or overripe profiles that attract so much consternation from parents and potential employers. Instead, they wondered whether the basic currency of interactions on a social network – the simple act of “friending” someone online – might reveal something a person might rather keep hidden.

Read article: Project Gaydar @ The Boston Globe

[ this is a repost, because the old post was attracting a stupendous amount of traffic, probably caused by some malware ]


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