The philosophy of privacy: why surveillance reduces us to objects

Here’s a simple fact about life as we live it now: the objects we carry let us know more about the world than ever, faster than ever. But they also let the world know more about us.
A Berlin poster campaigns to grant asylum to whistleblower Edward Snowden, who revealed the extent of US and UK government surveillance
Here’s a simple fact about life as we live it now: the objects we carry let us know more about the world than ever, faster than ever. But they also let the world know more about us. Knowledge has become transparent. We look out the window of the internet even as the internet looks back in.
Partly for this reason, writers like Jeremy Rifkin have been saying that information privacy is a worn-out idea. On this view, the “internet of things” exposes the value of privacy for what it is: an idiosyncrasy of the industrial age. So no wonder, the thought goes, we are willing to trade it away – not only for security, but for the increased freedom that comes with convenience.
Read more: http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2015/may/07/surveillance-privacy-philosophy-data-internet-things
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