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How do you protect your privacy on the internet?

Anu Anand | 14:20 UK time, Wednesday, 30 May 2007

Allison Stokke is a pretty girl. She's also a serious pole vaulter in California. She's only 18, but has won several championships. A month ago, Allison posted a 3-minute interview about her pole-vaulting technique on You Tube. Within days, she became an internet sex symbol. She now avoids leaving the house alone. Her father checks the internet every night for potential stalkers and she's hired a media adviser to fend off the public. Her You Tube interview has been viewed 160,000 times and photographers frequently gate crash her athletics meetings. How much personal information do you share on the internet? Maybe we're not all destined to become internet celebrities, but how do you decide how much to post and share? And with whom?


We're looking into two stories in China... keeping in mind that most people in China are asleep when we're on air and most Chinese people don't tend to share their personal opinions publically:

China's stock market took a big tumble today. Both indexes plunged more than 6 percent. Ho-hum you might say... China's too far away. But consider that a staggering 80 percent of trading in China's stock market is by individual investors, many of whom rely on the market going up to buy a house, marry off a child or pay for education. Such a big correction can wipe out an entire family's life savings.

Also- China's drug commissioner has been sentenced to death after pleading guilty to corruption and accepting bribes. Two Chinese companies were accused this year of shipping contaminated pet food ingredients to the US. And the Chinese government is also investigating how a toxic chemical ended up in cough syrup and toothpaste sent to Latin America. If you're in China, we'd love to hear from you. What do you think about these stories?

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Finally, we'll get the latest from contractors and Iraqis on the newest dangers they face, after the kidnappings of five Britons from an Iraqi government building. As ever, join us online and on air at 1700 GMT.

Ciao for now,


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