The New York Times Bits Blog: What's Lost When Everything Is Recorded

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“Voice is going to places it hasn’t gone before, with people developing applications to post conversations to Facebook, or games that prove you are a good son because you call Mom every week,” said Jason Goecke, the chief executive of Tropo, which makes voice-tagging software. “There are no social constructs for pervasive recording yet, just a hodgepodge of state regulations based on the phone system.”

Mr. Goecke and others call this transformation Hypervoice, a play on the links put on the written word to create hypertext in the early days of the Web. This month the Hypervoice Consortium opened an online forum to create standards and practices for how we’ll manage the switch from the transient to the permanent.