Trading Our Privacy

In Rousseau's social contract, people surrendered part of their autonomy to a central authority in order to gain the benefits of civil society, not least among which were social order and personal security.  In the Internet's social contract, we seem to have given up our bargaining power.  All too often we surrender our privacy because... Continue Reading →

My Low-Level Online War

Today is a day for confessions. While I place a very high premium on honesty, I have given myself leave to be "economical with the truth" in one particular area: when an online service starts asking for my personal data, I start obscuring the facts. For example, why does any social media platform need to... Continue Reading →

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