Virtual Shadows

Last night I attended the launch party for Karen Lawrence Öqvist’s excellent book “Virtual Shadows: Your Privacy in the Information Society“. This book is a recommended read: a well-written, up-to-date and balanced overview of the key trends and issues associated with privacy in the new information society.

Most interesting is Karen’s perspective of a “transparent society”, in which our behaviour is open to all, and no-one has a monopoly on other people’s secrets. Whether we like it or not, this seems to be the best hope for a socially-networked community that is progressively sleepwalking into a lifestyle characterised by non-stop, pervasive surveillance.   

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