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Orkut: The new danger
Orkut, the online portal, owned by Google finds itself at the centre of debate. A nineteen-year-old student has been accused of making a fake account of a girl. Can we prevent the misuse of this technology by not posting our numbers and pictures?
ABHISHEK NEVER IMAGINED that the prank he played on his classmate would land him in jail. Abhishek, a management student and still in his teens, was arrested by the Thane police following a girl’s complaint about tarnishing her image in the public forum - Orkut. The report after being published in Mumbai Mirror has created a stir among the Orkutians and opened up a whole new box of debate.
The incident
Abhishek had created a fake account in the name of the girl with her mobile number posted on the profile. The profile has been sketched in such a way that it draws lewd comments from many who visit her profile. The Thane Cyber Cell tracked down Abhishek from the false e-mail id that he made to open up the account.
The question
In this case, the girl has not posted her picture or mobile number in the fake profile. A brief search in the Orkut profile will reveal many such profiles with pictures of beautiful girls. My guess is that many of these girls are not even aware of the fact that their profile exists. These are created by some other people. I will term this as “rape of the image”. Now the question is “Can we really prevent this rape?”
The debate
The Mumbai Mirror’s report on the issue came with tips to the Orkut users. Police Sub-Inspector Ravindra Chauhan has been quoted as saying, “Orkut users should not put up their photographs on the site. They should not reveal personal information in their profile. Also no cellphone numbers or identity should be mentioned in the scrap book, as it is open to all.” But whether this really can be a way out, is debatable. “What about the hundreds of CVs I send to the unknown agencies everyday? They even contain my mobile number”, says Aditi, a DU student and a hardcore Orkut addict. She does have a point.
The truth is that in today’s world mobile numbers are far from being personal information. The proof lies in the numerous sales calls that we receive from credit card agents. On the issue of the photograph, Aditi says, “When Orkut gives an opportunity to show your face to the whole world, then why not?” When asked about the risks involved, she replied, “Who cares?” But everyone is not as carefree as Aditi. A brief search in Orkut once more will reveal profiles that have pictures of film stars, flowers, animals, sceneries and not the face of the owner. “I will never put my picture on Orkut profile,” says Mansi, whose profile in Orkut carries the picture of Aishwarya Rai. “It’s not safe, anybody and everybody can save it on their computer and can misuse it.” But here again the question lies - can we really prevent it? What happens to the hundreds of passport photographs we send with the application forms all our life? Any of them can be scanned and put up without our notice. Are we sure that all copies of the digital pictures taken at our local photography shop are deleted after we leave? “I don’t know, but there is no harm in being careful,” says Mansi.

So perhaps even in this age of globalisation and technical advancements we will hold ourselves from showing our face to the entire world for we never know who is misusing it in what way. And as the lawmakers say “We cannot do anything, until a complaint is lodged”.

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interesting article.
spoorthy ravula
a must read 1
Amit Gautam
i think aditi i s right in saying all that she do if u can't handel the technology then bloody don't use it noone forces anyone to post their profine on orkut if someone post there personal information thats cause he wants everyone to know it and also to some extent he wants to exibit it what some guy has done is really pathetic but i can give the names of at least 30 such orkut users who have done the same thing posting there profile with thepicture of some of there good looking friends and incedently all of them are girls so what say of such desperste women who does the same if i am sounding like a male chauvenist then be it but actually this is what happens how many incidents needs to be told and why should be there 2 different standards for guys and girls and then everyone says that there profile has been misused in orkut 2things are important to note over here there is always an option to make ur profile available to a selectid few people in ur list then why not exercise that option and secondly regardin the pics well at the time when near about anyone carries a camera phone then i don't think that in order to get a pic of a goodlooking girl orkut is the only source one can never know if he/she is been clicked in a public place so what should be done about it ban the camera phones???? what about the security cams at malls or airports or anyplace??? and if someone does not know then i take this oppertunity to inform just something as small as a car registeration plate is more than enough to get all the personal information of anyone so what should be done about it ???? i think all this hue and cry of orkut not being safe is just too much frankly some people should think less and especially should not have any misconceptions in life and above all try to be be more positive and the mose funny aspect of all this is its orkut that is being used to spread the message that orkut is not safe!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
ramswaroop meena
Shonit Mittal
good site
chinna aware of orkut
plz read impartent
sujeet kumar suman
Devdatta Urankar
We can do few things just to make things hard for these sick minded people. We cant stop these things completely. but, we can surely take care of few things to lessen the chances of mis-using our photographs and personal info. 1. Dont put your photo 2. If you still want to, Put a group photo with your friends and dont mention who you are.. because you dont need to. People who know you, will recongnise you immediately. 3. Dont put your personal info, as police said. and accept only people you know. 4. Keep searching for your own profile from search facility. So, if someone has created fake profile with your name, you will know it immediately and then you can take proper action against it like lodging a police complaint etc. If these people will realise, that they can be tracked down and go to jail, they will think twice about doing it. 5. I think, People wont use your photograph on CV to create fake account. it will look so unreal. 6. report it as a bogus. and when you do it, choose 'other reason' option, and write down your complaint briefly. Just reporting it bogus thousand times wont do much. 7. another thing you can do is, watermark your image in the middle with your profile address. well, its lil hard to recognise difference in profile IDs cause they are just random numbers generated by server. but, difference in the address on photo and the fake profile it has displayed on can atleast be a proof for us to avoid misunderstandings with close ones.. boyfriend/girlfriend etc. (a couple i know, broke up because of such a fake profile)
sangeeta verma
The Story Behind ORKUT.... A guy lost his girlfriend in a train accident.... but the gal's name nowhere appeared in the dead list. This guy grew up n became IT technical architect in his late 20?s, achievement in itself!!. He hired developers from the whole globe and plan to make a software where he could search for his gf through the web.. Things went as planned... n he found her, after losing millions of dollars and 3 long years!! It was time to shut down the search operation, when the CEO of Google had a word with this guy n took over this application, This Software made a whopping 1 billion dollars profit in its first year, which we today know as ORKUT . The guy's name is ORKUT BUYUKKOTEN . Yes its named after him only. Today he is paid a hefty sum by Google for the things we do like scrapping. He is expected to b the richest person by 2009. ORKUT BUYUKKOTEN today has 13 assistants to monitor his scrapbook & 8 to monitor his friends-list. He gets around 20,000 friend-requests a day & about 85,000 scraps!!! Some other Cool Facts about this guy: * He gets $12 from Google when every person registers to this website. * He also gets $10 when you add somebody as a friend. * He gets $8 when your friend's friend adds you as a friend & gets $6 if anybody adds you as friend in the resulting chain. * He gets $5 when you scrap somebody & $4 when somebody scraps you. * He also gets $200 for each photograph you upload on Orkut. * He gets $2.5 when you add your friend in the crush-list or in the hot-List. * He gets $2 when you become somebody's fan. * He gets $1.5 when somebody else becomes your fan. * He even gets $1 every time you logout of Orkut. * He gets $0.5 every time you just change your profile-photograph. * He also gets $0.5 every time you read your friend's scrap-book & $0.5 every time you view your friend's friend-list. "Moral of the story"? LOSE U R GIRLFRIEND AND MAKE BILLIONS !!!!
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