Early in his exploration of the nature of privacy and reputation in the Internet era, author Daniel Solove writes the following:
"Ironically, the unconstrained flow of information on the Internet might impede our freedom."
This statement sets the tone and theme for Solove's excellent survey of public self-disclosure and protection of privacy in The Future of Reputation: Gossip, Rumor, and Privacy on the Internet. Mr. Solove, an associate professor at the George Washington University School of Law, is an expert in Internet privacy issues. In The Future of Reputation, he examines the specific conundrum which occurs when people voluntarily submit details of their personal lives to blogs and social media sites. Once published, such information can take on a life of its own. Mr. Solove cites a number of well-publicized incidents in which personal disclosures have circulated beyond the personal network they were originally intended to entertain: