Teens Hiding Information in Plain Sight

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Researcher danah boyd, AKA zephoria, studies teens and recently wrote about how teens manage to hide information in plain sight using social references their friends understand but watching adults may miss. danah explains,

Social steganography is one privacy tactic teens take when engaging in semi-public forums like Facebook. While adults have worked diligently to exclude people through privacy settings, many teenagers have been unable to exclude certain classes of adults – namely their parents – for quite some time. For this reason, they’ve had to develop new techniques to speak to their friends fully aware that their parents are overhearing.

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Teen Girls by D Sharon Pruitt via Flickr

Read more from Social Steganography: Learning to Hide in Plain Sight at danah boyd | apophenia