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The End of Privacy

The Big Idea for Tuesday, December 03, 2013

A number of new technologies are right now conspiring to take away the last vestiges of privacy. This may not be such a bad thing, some have argued. After all, we'll no longer have to feel embarrassed about certain taboo subjects, Douglas Rushkoff has argued, if we realize that everybody does "it."

Liberating as that might sound, many worry that the end of privacy will usher in a world of constant surveillance, in which all of our behaviors can be monitored and regulated. So where can the line be drawn? This question is tackled by Jonathan Taplin in today's lesson. 

Perspectives

  1. 1 Is Google Glass the End of Privacy?
    Big Think Editors Big Think TV
  2. 2 Google Glass Will Revolutionize Documentary Filmmaking
    Henry-Alex Rubin 60 Second Reads
  3. 3 The Future of Privacy
    Clay Shirky
  4. 4 Jonathan Zittrain Explores Internet Privacy
    Jonathan Zittrain
 

The End of Privacy

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