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I've Got Nothing to Hide -- But I Do Have A Lot of Downloads:
I've joked before that if you want to top all the SSRN rankings, write a piece about privacy or computer hacking and submit it to Slashdot. Dan Solove proved the point this week by submitting a forthcoming symposium article, "I've Got Nothing to Hide" and Other Misunderstandings of Privacy, forthcoming in the San Diego Law Review. Slashdot picked it up yesterday afternoon, and in less than 24 hours Dan has picked up more than 27,000 downloads. That's right: 27,000, in less than a day. That's a lotta downloads.
Hei Lun Chan (mail) (www):
Is that considered trolling in the academic world?
7.11.2007 5:27pm
scote (mail):
I downloaded that based on the Slashdot post. But, I also downloaded your 4th Amendment post. Either way, the content is what interested me but I do have to hear about it to know to download it, though I supppose I could have waited for a podcast read by the author?

I don't suppose this means you'll change the title of one of your papers to something in a more populous vein and submit it to Slashdot or BoingBoing?
7.11.2007 5:30pm
Steve2:
I'm just happy there've been so many downloads (and by extension, hopefully readers) for an article arguing in favor of strong privacy protection.
7.11.2007 5:30pm
scote (mail):

Is that considered trolling in the academic world?

I don't know about the academic world, but many Slashdot posts are submitted by self-interested parties.
7.11.2007 5:31pm
BTD_Venkat (mail) (www):
I get the impression slashdot "picks up" stories and most people don't submit stories (or articles) to them?
7.11.2007 6:27pm
scote (mail):

I get the impression slashdot "picks up" stories and most people don't submit stories (or articles) to them?

The stories that run are selected from submissions by the editors and from the editors own ideas.

Slashdot also has a "Firehose" of stories that members in good standing can vote on for suitability of stories for inclusion on Slashdot.

Slashdot Story Submissions
Here is where you can submit a story for the Slashdot Editors to peer at it, poke it with a stick, and perhaps post it for all to share and enjoy. It is very important that you write a clear simple subject, and include relevant links in your story. If you wish to be anonymous, feel free to leave the identifying fields blank. Anonymity has no effect on whether we will accept or reject the story

Slashdot also has a "Firehose" of stories that members in good standing can vote on for suitability
7.11.2007 7:33pm
RainerK:
Perhaps I'm missing something, but I can't download the paper.

"To download a document, it is necessary to log into SSRN. If not a registered member, click the link for free registration."

Free registration requiring personal info to read a paper on privacy protection. Bit of irony here?
7.11.2007 8:27pm
KevinE (www):
RainerK, that would be ironic, but I didn't need to register: the "Social Science Research Network [New York, USA]" link worked for me.
7.12.2007 5:31pm