Debating the Non-Private Person

Liveblogged Julianna | 19 June 2010 | 1 Comment

  • blog post
  • non-private person = people who have nothing to hide and are very public
  • privacy is not binary – you don’t just have or not have privacy
  • how to control the information which is online?
  • is privacy a commodity or is it a right?
  • what about paying for privacy? (should it be┬ácommodity?)
  • will it cost us more & more to retain our privacy?
  • is there a profit to be made in being a non-private person? how can we control this exchange?
  • who is unable to afford to be a public person?
  • most people aren’t either totally private or public; they just start using networks and don’t think about privacy until something happens to them
  • people may only think about privacy concerns when they hear about stories of breach of privacy
  • stigma to privacy – “you’re just being paranoid”
  • public journaling as a new concept
  • people can have an audience and can feel like a star by being public
  • semi-private citizens like teachers who need to have a clear public and private persona

One Response on “Debating the Non-Private Person”

  1. John M says:

    Both commodity (like “asset” or “possession” better) and a right. Take a simple example like the “right” not to be disturbed by noise in your home. That’s generally accepted to be a “right” in the everyday sense. But some people value it more highly – they might choose to spend more on rent to live in a quieter neighbourhood, or they might call bylaw violations to the police. Other people might accept more noise. And the reality is that we cannot always control it.

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