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” to some extent, but we have some measure of control over which face, role or identity we present in any given context.
With radical transparency, all of our identities and behaviours become flattened and observable by others — and we lose control. We need a robust system for preserving our ability to maintain multiple and separate identities in the emerging real and virtual world of ubiquitous surveillance. This is a challenge, but our fundamental freedoms depend on getting the identity question right.
Read the full article and my seven-part series in Toronto Star.