One of the reasons I nuked my Google+ account today comes to mind. It's okay for Lady Gaga, Pit Bull, Slash, Lil Wayne and other celeb's to use their professional monikers on Google+ but if your one of the unwashed Google will be on your case asking for your drivers license and other credentials with the threat of "removing you" out of the + game if you don't comply in four days.
This is a great blog! And good points, Mary. What we are attempting to control is the impact of freedom and the choices people make. Unless there is a public safety issue or illegal activity, that is the essence of freedom!
Excellent videoblog, Kim! Agreed that freedom of expression is only stifled by those looking to control the specifics of freedom -- who will be free and when, what will be free, etc. That's not freedom, is it?
The plan for unmanned police drones to patrol traffic and other city conditions in Seattle has sparked a new set of legal concerns about privacy. Law traditionally lags technology, but we can expect now to see a new round of activity in the courts as legal definitions begin to emerge on what "next-gen privacy" will look like.
The US government is funding controversial projects to collect daily Internet activity, including Web searches, Twitter messages, Facebook and blog posts, and the digital location trails generated by billions of cellphones. Its goal is to map these interactions to predict social behavior, such as protests.
In the final episode of this series about the death of Internet anonymity, Saunders describes how the Internet of the future will start to attain a level of intelligence that requires no human intervention. Scary.
What can users today do to protect their online privacy? The simplest and most obvious option is to not use the Internet – at all. However, once all digital information is consolidated over the Internet, trying to protect digital identity by simply unplugging from the Internet becomes impossible – a fact that has manifest implications for civil liberties, Saunders says.
By 2011 the number of Internet-connected sensors will exceed 1 trillion, making your chances of doing anything or going anywhere unnoticed pretty much zero. Saunders talks about how the 'sensortization' of the Internet is eliminating the traditional divide between online and offline populations.
The 20th Century Internet was characterized by the ability to interact with other people and information on the Internet largely without anyone knowing who you were. The Internet of this century, conversely, will be defined by identity. Saunders explains how Internet users are unwittingly contributing to the demise of the anonymous Internet.
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