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Submitted by Scott Cleland on Tue, 2009-06-02 17:41
Kudos to Saul Hansell for his post at the NY Times Bits Blog which ably spotlights the growing clash between those who publicly advocate for more privacy on the web and those who behind-the-scenes are opposed to more privacy on the web.
This privacy-publicacy tension that I have been writing about for months -- is obviously very real indeed.
I coined the term "publicacy" a year ago because the english language did not have an antonym to the word "privacy," and it was clear to me that one would be needed because there was a growing movement that did not believe in online privacy -- even though the vast majority of Internet users expect online privacy -- per Consumer Report's Survey.
This growing privacy-publicacy tension is very relevant to Hill efforts to pass privacy legislation.
Submitted by Scott Cleland on Wed, 2009-03-18 17:47
How can free have a cost? Well a lot of different things are converging in Washington that could bring much more focus to -- "the costs of free" on the Internet.
Submitted by Scott Cleland on Fri, 2008-12-19 13:34
I consider one of the most troublesome aspects of the broader "open" movement for an Open Internet, net neutrality, free culture, and unauthorized tracking online, is the core Internet ethos that one should "ask for forgiveness, not permission." This ethos also goes by "innovation without permission."
This perverse Internet ethos can turn true Internet freedom on its head in that it self-servingly justifies one unilaterally usurping the freedom of others -- their freedom from harm, freedom of privacy, or freedom of safety.
The problem is that the proverbial bell can't be un-rung on the Internet because with caching and the viral nature of linking, once a harm or an invasion of privacy is done on the Internet -- it can't fully be undone.
One of the highest profile and recent manifestations of this "ask for forgiveness not permission" ethos is Google's Streetview effort.