But while Bonnie looks “beyond the traces and trails we leave behind”, I am still grappling with the effect that the sheer mass of such traces has on our public open visibility. Isn’t it almost like anonymity, when our traces are spread among so many others? Aren’t they fading like the (bare) footprints of his childhood that Roy mentioned in the recent NLC hot seat on online identity? Does this mass and entropy afford a new kind of hiding?
And on the flip side: What becomes of the accessibility of the traces and artefacts that we may want to preserve, when they are buried among masses of newer ones which gradually obsolete the context-dependent meaning of the past ones? Without at least some fracturing, large collections of context-connected resources become just unaccessible, which almost, in a way, destroys their openness.