Technology & Media

BBC Interview: TEDGlobal: Net Opens Up Era Of Radical Openness

Author Don Tapscott has opened the TEDGlobal conference in Edinburgh predicting a new era of “networked intelligence”. The theme at this year’s conference, dedicated to technology, entertainment and design, is “radical openness”. Mr Tapscott interpreted …   Read more

Forbes Interview: Here’s How The Internet Will Reboot Civilization

This is part of a series of dispatches from TED Global 2012 in Edinburgh, on the theme of Radical Openness. Follow the Twiter hashtag #TEDGlobal or follow me on Twitter: @Parmy Don Tapscott is one …   Read more

The Need For A Personal Digital Privacy Strategy

The tensions between information freedom and personal control are exploding, and not simply because of the benefits of sharing information using new media. Massive commercial and government interests, along with malevolent individuals, have much to gain as each of us reveals highly granular personal information, much of it in the public domain by default.   Read more

Is Privacy An Outmoded Idea In The Digital Age?

In the real world, we have many faces, roles or identities that we present in different contexts: mother, daughter, wife, boss, employee, shopper, citizen, participant, attendee, bystander, volunteer, coffee drinker, etc. They are all “public” …   Read more

Big Brother 2.0

Recently the New York Times reported that “Law enforcement tracking of cellphones, once the province mainly of federal agents, has become a powerful and widely used surveillance tool for local police officials, with hundreds of departments, large and small, often using it aggressively with little or no court oversight.”   Read more

Corporations, The Main Beneficiaries Of Personal Sharing

The most powerful forces making the case for sharing personal information are not philosophers or media pundits — they are social media companies and other corporations who have a lot to gain from our social norms about privacy changing.   Read more

Real Dangers Of Thoughtless Sharing

The longer term, societal effects of a general loss of privacy due to ubiquitous data availability and surveillance are not well-understood. The ability to record nearly everything and to make that record available to others is unprecedented in human history, and defeats parallels. What will it be like to grow up in a world that does not forget? Will comments posted online at age 14 discourage people from seeking public office or speaking out years later, out of fear?   Read more

To Share Or Not To Share

Privacy is nothing if not the freedom to be let alone, to experiment and to make mistakes, to forget and to start anew, to act according to conscience, and to be free from the oppressive …   Read more

Living Out Loud — Should We All Be More “Open?”: The Upside Of Sharing

The ubiquity of digital gadgets and sensors, the pervasiveness of networks and the benefits of sharing very personal information through social media have led some to argue that privacy as a social norm is changing …   Read more

To Share Or Not To Share

The tensions between information freedom and personal control are exploding today and not simply because of the benefits of sharing information using new media. Rather there are massive commercial, government interests along with malevolent individuals …   Read more