Thursday, April 10, 2014

Supp. Reading: "Terms and Conditions" Doc., "Dragnet Nation," and "The Feed"

The documentary film, Terms and Condition May Apply, is basically an extended case in support of Nissenbaum’s argument about the failure of the “notice-and-consent” approach, since no one in the history of the Net has a clue what terms and conditions we're agreeing to when we click "agree." About who actually decides what the social norms for Net privacy are, just ask Marky Zuckerberg:

This documentary (view longer clip fromGuardian) was probably being made while the focus of debate was shifting from corporate data mining/privacy issues to the national surveillance state, but it covers some of the latter issues, too; it has good history, it’s smart, provocative and funny. I can't remember much in the way of privacy solutions. Of course, we could simply follow the advice of Google's Eric Schmidt: “If you have something you don’t want anyone to know, well maybe you shouldn’t be doing it in the first place.” 

To supplement the supplement, Julia Angwin (Wall St. Journal), author of Dragnet Nation  
discusses many of the privacy issues covered by this week’s readings in this Democracy Now! April 2, 2014 interview , and includes some tips for protecting one’s privacy, educating kids, and possibilities/consequences of opting out. 

I could probably use my own filter, but I couldn't help think of M.T. Anderson’s dystopian YA novel The Feed when reading about the dreams of Google CEOs to have Google anticipate (sans search box) our every desire (Pariser, p. 124); just hope we’re not as close to that future as our corporate identity-creators would like us to be. 



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