What is Your Online Reputation?

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In the old days, a cowboy could ride into town and no one knew if he was honest or a bank robber. Today, anyone can Google someone’s name to see what has been written about or by the person, and possibly learn about their involvements.

AELR Blog recently discussed this when mentioning a Washington Post article, Harsh Words Die Hard on the Web: Law Students Feel Lasting Effects of Anonymous Attacks, which discusses how one Yale law student’s job hunt was stunted by what was written about her online.

Even more concerning is a website called The Gorb, which allows people to rate and review other people. The reviews are available online like an Amazon.com book review for anyone to see. This site has been criticized by internet commentators. It also raises questions about how libel and defamation laws will be applied.

It will be interesting to see how the reputations of law students, lawyers, and other professionals are affected by the “information age” being applied to personal reputations.

UPDATE 1: Read what one blogger has to say about the legal implications of criticising people online at the Life is Risky blog here: Defamation of Character.

UPDATE 2:A website similar to The Gorb is Rapleaf, a site for rating buyers, sellers, and others.

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2 Responses to “What is Your Online Reputation?”

  1. Susan Says:

    Excellent post and one I can definitely agree with. Though I am not a Law Student I am a MCIS candidate and believe it or not we were just discussing this very thing in class the other day. I even have a post about it Defamation of Character dealing with online versions of this issue.

  2. Camisole Says:

    Il existe des sociétés qui protègent les personnes de ce type de dérives, telles qu’Hington Klarsey Web Réputation TM. www.web-reputation.com

    Note from the editor: The English translation of this note is, “There are companies that protect people from these types of abuses, such as Klarsey Web Réputation TM. www.web-reputation.com.” You will also find other companies with similar services by searching Google for “online reputation.” I’m not sure how effective these services are.

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