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Professor Solove also spoke about The Future of Reputation at Google, Inc.'s New York City office. [View the video on YouTube.]

CSPAN -- The Communicators, Interview with Daniel Solove (Feb. 2, 2008) (watch on YouTube)



January 2009: Italian Translation published.

October 2008: A paperback edition of The Future of Reputation is now available.

September 2008: Korean translation published.



The following are interviews and stories mentioning the book. For reviews, click here.

Newsweek -- Jessica Bennett, At Long Last, A Small Justice (Feb. 5, 2010)

Il Recensore (Italy) -- Marianna Del Curto, "No Privacy" in Internet? Futuro Della Reputazione (Jan. 29, 2010) (book review of the Italian translation)

Chronicle of Higher Education -- Jeffrey Young, They're Back, and They're Bad: Campus-Wide Gossip Websites (August 31, 2009)

CNN -- John Sutter, The Coming-Out Stories of Anonymous Bloggers (August 21, 2009)

SF Chronicle -- Bernadette Tansey, The Business Bookshelf (Mar. 1, 2009)

NPR Talk of the Nation -- Should Speech Be Restricted on the Internet? (Feb. 23, 2009)

Boston Globe -- Drake Bennett, Time For a Muzzle (Feb. 15, 2009)

"Right now, it's pretty much like the Wild West, and we need to do something to combat that norm," says Daniel Solove, a professor at George Washington University and leading advocate of reining in online speech. . . .

"We can now readily capture information and images wherever we go, and we can then share them with the world at the click of a mouse," Solove wrote in his 2007 book, "The Future of Reputation." "Somebody you've never met can snap your photo and post it on the Internet. Or somebody that you know very well can share your cherished secrets with the entire planet."

The answer, Solove believes, lies in giving people more explicit control over information about them. As Solove sees it, the Web highlights an existing set of problems with how American law treats the divulging of intimate details - whether they end up on the Internet or not. For example, American courts tend to assume that once you tell someone a secret, unless that person is your doctor or lawyer or minister, it's basically public. It's therefore futile to sue a former lover for breach-of-confidentiality for telling someone about your sexual hang-ups, even if that "someone" is thousands of readers of a blog post.

"There's a notion in the law that if you tell a secret to another person you just risk that they might betray you," Solove says, "that if you tell a friend or spouse your secret and they spread it, you shouldn't have trusted them, it's tough luck and you should find new friends. I think that is problematic."

There is an alternative. In England, courts enforce a far broader duty of confidentiality, upholding breach-of-confidentiality lawsuits against loose-lipped ex-spouses and lovers. Solove would like to see the United States move to a legal regime more like that one, so that we're not held hostage by the questionable trustworthiness of our friends. . . .

Solove, for his part, argues that describing the debate simply as one about freedom of speech leaves out an important part of the equation.

"We have to be able to go about most of our lives with the assumption that no one's going to be recording everything we do and broadcasting it on the Web," he says. That, he argues, is also a form of freedom worth protecting.

Inside Higher Ed -- Jack Stripling, Juice Runs Dry (Feb. 5, 2009)

Harvard Business Review -- Lew McCreary, What Was Privacy? (Oct. 1, 2008)

Gestión Magazine (Argentina) -- Viviana Alonso, Efectos Colaterales (Interview of Solove) (Sept.-Oct. 2008)

Ventiquattro Magazine (Italy) -- Sasha Carnevali, Generazione Google il Gossip ti Seppellirà (Interview of Solove) (Sept. 2008)

Wired -- Ryan Singel, Yale Students' Lawsuit Unmasks Anonymous Trolls, Opens Pandora's Box (July 29, 2008)

ABA Journal -- David Hudson, Taming the Gossipmongers (July 1, 2008)

Financial Times -- Christopher Caldwell, Cyberspace Gossip Is Forever (June 13, 2008)

Washington Post -- Dan Zak, Rumor Has It (May 11, 2008) -- Stanley P. Jaskiewicz, Online Critics Beware (May 1, 2008)

Freakonomics Blog (NY Times) -- Annika Menginsen, Besmirching Ourselves Online: A Q&A With the Author of The Future of Reputation (Apr. 29, 2008)

Montreal Gazette -- Susan Schwartz, Psst! Did You Hear About Gossip? (Apr. 28, 2008)

Utne Reader -- Bennett Gordon, Spies Like Us (Apr. 21, 2008)

Utne Reader Podcast -- Bennett Gordon, Daniel Solove on Privacy (Apr. 15, 2008)

Hartford Courant -- Kathleen Megan, Juicy: Not So Juicy (Mar. 25, 2008)

NBC Today Show -- Is Online Gossip Legal? (Mar. 20, 2008)

CNN Money, Joe Light, Protect Your Good Name Online: Interview of Daniel Solove (Mar. 5, 2008)

Money Magazine -- Joe Light, Building Character: Profile and Interview of Daniel Solove (Mar. 2008)

WILL Radio --David Inge, Interview with Daniel Solove (Feb. 26, 2008)

Newsweek -- Jessica Bennett, The Flip Side of Internet Fame (Feb. 22, 2008)

MSN -- Adam Hunter, Click Here for Justice? (Feb. 22, 2008)

Associated Press -- Justin Pope, Students Fight Back Against Gossip Site (Feb. 17, 2008)

CBC News Sunday -- Online Profiling (Feb. 17, 2008)

New York Review of Books -- Sarah Boxer, Blogs (Feb. 14, 2008)

Inside Higher Ed -- Andy Guess, Gossip and Slander at a Campus Near You (Feb. 8, 2008)

WAMU Radio (NPR) -- The Kojo Nnamdi Show, Interview with Daniel Solove (Jan. 29, 2008)

Consumer Affairs -- David Wood, Keeping Teens Safe: Navigating the Treacherous Streets of MySpace (Jan. 21, 2008)

Washington Post -- Privacy, Free Speech, and Anonymity: An Online Chat with Daniel Solove (Jan. 10-11, 2008)

Arizona Daily Star -- Rhonda Bodfield Bloom, Neighbor a Cheat? It's Easy to Tattle (Jan. 6, 2008):

Daniel Solove, a law professor at George Washington University, explores the boom in shame sites in his new book, "The Future of Reputation: Gossip, Rumor and Privacy on the Internet."

The book is full of cautionary tales about how gossip, once restricted to whisper campaigns within limited circles, is fast creating indelible stains, driven by the Web. The piling-on by gleeful cyber-vigilantes often punishes people out of proportion to the infraction, he notes.

He opens the book with the story of so-called "dog-poop girl," a South Korean who was caught on camera in 2005 refusing to pick up after her pooch did its business on the subway. Bloggers later identified the woman, whose story raced over the Internet, attracting mainstream attention and ultimately leading to her withdrawal from her university.

"It's similar to being forced to wear a digital scarlet letter or being branded or tattooed," Solove writes. "People acquire permanent digital baggage. They are unable to escape their past, which is forever etched into Google's memory."

SF Chronicle -- Deborah Gage, Faces of Business 2007: Joanne McNabb, California Privacy Chief (Dec. 30, 2007):

[Joanne McNabb] read a new book by a law professor at George Washington University, Daniel Solove, another of her advisers, and she's decided California needs better laws. The book suggests ways that privacy laws could be tweaked without burdening the courts with more cases. For example, employers who run searches on job applicants could notify people about what they've found and give them a chance to explain.

Tech News World -- Katherine Noyes, Pew Study: Self-Googling on the Rise (Dec. 17, 2007)

Newsweek -- Jessica Bennett, What You Don’t Know Can Hurt You (Dec. 8, 2007)

Computerworld -- Heather Havenstein, Facebook Caves in to Beacon Criticism (Dec. 6. 2007)

KMOX (radio, St. Louis) -- Total Information AM, Megan Meier and Internet Bullying (Dec. 3, 2007)

NPR -- Talk of the Nation, Cyber-Vigilantes: Do-It-Yourself-Justice Online (Nov. 27, 2007)

Wired -- Kim Zetter, Cyberbullying Suicide Stokes the Internet Fury Machine (Nov. 21, 2007)

USA Today -- Greg Toppo, Town May Criminalize Online Harassment (Nov. 20, 2007)

CNN International -- Interview About The Future of Reputation (Nov. 18, 2007)

National Jurist -- The Future of Reputation (Nov. 2007)

Yale Daily News -- Paul Needham,Law Students Sue Authors of Online Posts (Nov. 12, 2007)

WHYY (Philadelphia, radio) -- Radio Times with Marty Moss-Coane (Nov. 8, 2007)

GW Hatchet -- Lauren Kasairz, Law Professor Talks Web Privacy (Nov. 8, 2007)

The Current Newspaper -- Jessica Gould, Does the YouTube Age Require New Laws? GW Prof Says Yes (Nov. 7, 2007)

Washington Post Express -- Katherine Silkatis, Generation Google: Daniel Solove on Privacy (Nov. 5, 2007):

George Washington University law professor Daniel Solove is a privacy expert, having lectured on the subject and penned numerous texts, both academic and popular. His recent book, "The Future of Reputation: Gossip, Rumor and Privacy on the Internet" (Yale University Press), addresses privacy issues that dominate the Internet today, as well as solutions for balancing new technology, freedom of speech and privacy.

KERA (Dallas, radio) -- Think with Krys Boyd (Nov. 5, 2007)

Washington Post -- Literary Calendar (Nov. 4, 2007)

Onion AV -- Chris Mincher, Feature: Daniel J. Solove (Nov. 2007)

KQED (San Francisco, radio) -- Forum with Michael Kransy, Online Reputation (Oct. 26, 2007)

KVON (Northern California, radio) -- Late Mornings with Jeff Schecthman, The Future of Reputation (Oct. 26, 2007)

Tierney Lab (NY Times) -- John Tierney, Talking Nasty on the Net (Oct. 22, 2007)

KZSU (Stanford, radio) -- Hearsay Culture with David Levine, Interview with Daniel Solove (Oct. 10, 2007)

Daily Princetonian -- Michelle Wu, Internet Heightens Privacy Concerns (Oct. 9, 2007)

Time Magazine -- Anita Hamilton, Online Snooping Gets Creepy (Aug. 2, 2007)



Daniel Solove's Responses to Book Reviews Part I

Daniel Solove's Responses to Book Reviews Part III



Spam Notes -- Venkat Balasubramani, Book Review: The Future of Reputation (Jan. 15, 2008)

43(B)log -- Prof. Rebecca Tushnet, Solove's Future of Reputation (Dec. 13, 2007)

Civilities -- Jon Garfunkel, Reflections on The Future of Reputation (Dec. 7, 2007)

New York Personal Injury Blog – Eric Turkewitz, Book Review: Solove's The Future of Reputation (Dec. 6, 2007)

Technology & Marketing Law Blog -- Ethan Ackerman, The Future of Reputation (Nov. 26, 2007)

Deliberations -- Anne Reed, The Future of Reputation: Part I (Nov. 14, 2007)

The Laboratorium -- Prof. James Grimmelmann, The Future of Reputation (Nov. 10, 2007)

Build A Solo Practice, LLC -- Susan Cartier Liebel, Read "The Future of Reputation" by Daniel J. Solove (Nov. 10, 2007)

Vendorprisey -- Thomas Otter, Reviewing The Future of Reputation (Nov. 9, 2007)

f/k/a -- David Giacalone, let's gossip about The Future of Reputation (Nov. 8, 2007)

Simple Justice -- Scott Greenfield, Book Review: The Future of Reputation (Oct. 30, 2007)

Law and Letters -- Belle Lettre, The Future of Reputation (Oct. 24, 2007)

Technology Liberation Front -- Jim Harper, Solove's The Future of Reputation (Oct., 23, 2007) -- Taran Rampersad, The Future of Reputation, by Daniel Solove (Oct. 18, 2007) -- Prof. Frank Pasquale, Solove's Future of Reputation (Oct. 17, 2007)



Overlawyered -- Ted Frank, Daniel Solove's The Future of Reputation (Dec. 7, 2007)

Legal Theory Blog -- Lawrence Solum, Legal Theory Bookworm (Dec. 1, 2007)

Simple Justice -- Scott Greenfield, Solove's "Reputation" Already Coming in Handy (Nov. 21, 2007)

Wired's Threat Level Blog -- Kim Zetter, Megan Meier Suicide Stokes the Internet Fury Machine (Nov. 21, 2007)

WSJ Law Blog -- Peter Lattman, More on the Law Blog's Facebook Foray (Nov. 16, 2007)

New York Personal Injury Law Blog -- Eric Turkewitz, Blawg Review #134 (Nov. 11, 2007)

HDBizBlog 1.2 -- Stephen Smith, Trust and Reputation in the Google World (Nov. 8, 2007)

f/k/a -- David Giacalone, good gossip, bad gossip (Nov. 7, 2007)

Contrary Brin -- David Brin, The Future of Reputation (Oct. 31, 2007)

The Page 99 Test -- Marhsal Zeringue, Daniel Solove's The Future of Reputation (Oct. 28, 2007)

reputationXchange -- Leslie Gaines-Ross, The Shady Side of Online Reputation (Oct. 28, 2007)

Law Librarian Blog -- Joe Hodnicki, Solove's The Future of Reputation Now Available (Oct. 24, 2007)

Althouse -- Ann Althouse, The Future of Reputation (Oct. 23, 2007)

Blawg Review -- The Future of Reputation (Oct. 23, 2007)

Above the Law -- Piercie Shafton, Solove Gives Us the Poop on David Lat (Oct. 22, 2007)

Instapundit -- Glenn Reynolds, Chapter 1 Online for Free (Oct. 19, 2007

Instapundit -- Glenn Reynolds, Here's a Review (Oct. 18, 2007

Is That Legal? -- Eric Muller, You Gotta Love Solove (Oct. 16, 2007)

PrawfsBlawg -- Dan Markel, Announcing: The Future of Reputation (Oct. 16, 2007)

Instapundit -- Glenn Reynolds, In the Mail (Oct. 16, 2007)

TaxProf – Paul Caron, The Future of Reputation (Oct. 16, 2007)

Google Blogoscoped -- Philipp Lenssen, The Future of Reputation: Gossip, Rumor, and Privacy on the Internet (Oct. 15, 2007)

How Appealing -- Howard Bashman, Congratulations to Professor Daniel J. Solove (Oct. 2, 2007)

michaelzimmer.og -- Michael Zimmer, Catching up--Link Dump (Oct. 2, 2007)

Pogo Was Right -- The Future of Reputation (Oct. 2, 2007)



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