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Name: bruce

From: Utah

Bio: 20 year networking veteran

Area of Expertise: Technology Developer/Administrator

Topic: Privacy

Headline: Avatars Do the "Walking"

Nutshell: Avatars - electronic personal agents - will intermediate for real people, protecting privacy.

Vision: A person's interaction with the Internet will soon fall into two catagories: 1) trusted sites and people 2) general interactions. Avatars will serve to isolate the users from the unknown portions of the Internet. You can see this trend starting with junk-mail filters, search engines.

As 3rd-party interactions become comfortable, they move to a trusted position and the user will interact directly with them.

Date Submitted: 11/11/2004

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