In a world where a large percentage of what happens to us happens online, there's an inevitable blending between what we understand to be publicly-owned and what is private. Sometimes it's hard to really know where our data ends and Googles' begins.
We use the web to research, to communicate and connect, to build relationships in our private lives, to conduct business at work. We use it to get the information we need, as soon as we need it. But productivity isn't everything. It's also essential that citizens of an increasingly fast-moving society know their digital rights.
Every time there’s a new communications technology it revolutionizes politics, says Nicholas Lemann of the Council on the Future of Media. And when a law or policy or agreement threatens our digital privacy, it's time to raise a fuss, argues Rebecca MacKinnon, a fellow at the New America Foundation. In a video interview, policy expert David Rothkopf discusses the implications of the rise of private, multinational institutions (many of them web-based) on our finances and our future.