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What are the dangers with Facebook’s organ donation initiative? New Short Story – OPT OUT

May 3, 2012 Leave a comment

(CNN) — On average, 18 people in the United States die each day waiting for an organ transplant.

Billionaire Facebook co-founder Mark Zuckerberg wants to change that. He announced Tuesday that the social networking site wants to “help solve the crisis” by allowing users to volunteer as potential organ donors in the United States and the United Kingdom.

We think that a lot of people who might just be on the fence about whether or not they want to do this, could be convinced to do that,” Zuckerberg told ABC News. He described widespread acceptance of organ donation as “a shift in society that will probably take a while to fully take hold” until more Facebook users start sharing their experiences. “But I think that if people choose to share these stories with their friends, that can make a big difference over time.

But perhaps all isn’t what it seems… Could there be a pitfall to open-sharing of organ donation status, fueled by the instant global knowledge afforded by social networks? OPT-OUT, my new short story, explores one alternate future, one where the big blue social network has a hidden danger.

OPT-OUT is available for $.99 on Kindle, or free at Smashwords for other devices. Here’s the blurb and cover, hope you enjoy. And if you did, I’d greatly appreciate a few words in an online review.

A massive global social network announces an initiative to encourage its nearly one billion users to donate organs and body parts with just the click of a mouse. Millions of potential transplant recipients rejoice, but there is a dark side.

For a young, newly engaged professional in Portland Oregon, that dark side arrives wearing a smile and designer suit during a chance encounter at a train station.

What are the pitfalls and dangers of socially networking body parts? Should you OPT-OUT?