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Why Privacy Matters Even if You Have 'Nothing to Hide' - The Chronicle of Higher Education
For example, suppose government officials learn that a person has bought a number of books on how to manufacture methamphetamine. That information makes them suspect that he's building a meth lab. What is missing from the records is the full story: The person is writing a novel about a character who makes meth. When he bought the books, he didn't consider how suspicious the purchase might appear to government officials, and his records didn't reveal the reason for the purchases. Should he have to worry about government scrutiny of all his purchases and actions? Should he have to be concerned that he'll wind up on a suspicious-persons list? Even if he isn't doing anything wrong, he may want to keep his records away from government officials who might make faulty inferences from them. He might not want to have to worry about how everything he does will be perceived by officials nervously monitoring for criminal activity. He might not want to have a computer flag him as suspicious because he has an unusual pattern of behavior.
politics  privacy  surveillance  ftrw  2015 
february 2015 by jju
The Reader Has No Clothes | Library Babel Fish @insidehighered
The future is a totalitarian surveillance state - unless we decide it isn't. The future is an uninhabitable planet - unless we stop ignoring the violence we are inflicting on it. The future is not something that just happens to us. It's not a fashion we need to adopt fast or be snubbed, as if we're still in middle school. The future isn't more consumption without consequences. The future won't have the values we care about unless we give a damn. Unless we care about libraries and the people who use them. Unless we stop making our decisions based on what's convenient right now while assuming that somehow shows we're all about the future.
privacy  adobe  library  surveillance  2014  future 
october 2014 by jju
It’s Time for a Real Debate on Reader Privacy — Medium
... when it comes to access to news and information I don’t think people should have to pay for privacy.
privacy  library  computer  surveillance  2014  tech 
september 2014 by jju
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