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Re: <nettime> Google Buzz and the Surveillance Economy
jaromil on Tue, 23 Feb 2010 13:41:38 +0100 (CET)


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hi James,

On Thu, Feb 18, 2010 at 02:57:21PM +0000, James Wallbank wrote:

> Perhaps a  way to ensure  that consumers understand "the  deal" with
> online privacy would be to  institute a "Law of Symmetrical Privacy"
> - in broad terms, data  collectors would have to offer, or withhold,
> data equally to all markets  - individuals as well as government and
> business. So, if Facebook said  that they wouldn't share their email
> address with other users, they would be obliged equally NOT to share
> your email  address with businesses  or institutions. If  a business
> disclosed  that they might  sell your  details to  another business,
> then they  would be  required also to  offer your email  address for
> sale  to other individuals  (proportionately priced,  of course  - a
> single email address might just cost a few pennies).
> 
> How would you feel about that?

I'd personally feel  very bad and the reason is  best argumented by: a
recent lecture prof.  Eben Moglen  gave at ISOC-NYC, 1h long and worth
                                        http://www.isoc-ny.org/?p=1338

from which an interesting quote:

  "Licenses are not  the answers to social problems. I  speak as a guy
  who  cares a  lot about  softwre licenses.   But I  tell  you again,
  licenses  are the  constitutions of  software communities,  and they
  solve  problems inside the  communities.  They  are not  tools whose
  primary benefit is to be found in their external consequences."

makes  me come  in mind  a  paper by  prof. Elen  Nissenbaum that  was
presented in  the Ars Electronica  symposium GOODBYE PRIVACY  in 2007:
"Privacy   as  Contextual  Integrity"
       http://crypto.stanford.edu/portia/papers/RevnissenbaumDTP31.pdf

> This "leveling" or "equaling" of  the transaction would make it much
> easier for  consumers to correctly  perceive what privacy  they were
> yielding up when interacting with an online service.

I think  that is easy enough  now. Citizens and  creatives do perceive
the lack of privacy, they just  don't see yet all consequences to come
and not  even the ruling cast (ops,  is it more polite  to say "policy
makers"?) sees it.

OTOH  opening  such a  market  to  private  interests (partially  true
already  for Facebook  et  similia) will  definitely place  Mafia-like
"bisniss" into a better position to operate.

As of  economic models, I  suggest you flip  your line of  thought and
start thinkering over  an "economy of mistery" -  funny enough, a term
circulating  among  Neo-Platonists and  Gnostics,  later swapped  into
"mistery of economy" to serve theologists better....

ciao

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jaromil, dyne.org developer, http://jaromil.dyne.org

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