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Is Privacy Dead?: The Future of Privacy in the Digital Age [Kindle Edition]

David Houle
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"Is Privacy Dead? The Future of Privacy in the Digital Age"is a book about the loss of privacy in the digital age and what the future of privacy might be Futurist David Houle suggests that it is time for society to have a discussion about what it means to live in a world of decreasing privacy and what new moral and ethical issues might be. This book is about the future of privacy. Houle offers up suggestions for how we might live in a world of no privacy. He also offers up a new definition of privacy for the future.

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  • File Size: 470 KB
  • Print Length: 58 pages
  • Publisher: David Houle and Associates; 1 edition (November 22, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00GUU7IM2
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #681,206 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Time for a discussion regarding privacy! November 24, 2013
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As futurist David Houle observes, it is time for a full-scale, open, society-wide discussion regarding privacy in the 21st century. Houle skillfully jumpstarts this discussion through his new thought-provoking e-book entitled Is Privacy Dead? The Future of Privacy in the Digital Age.

David asks important questions. How has the definition of privacy changed? What is the future of privacy in the digital world? Is privacy dead? How might we live in a world without privacy? Why are we concerned about having privacy and is that an outdated concern? How have we knowingly given our privacy away? What might lack of privacy do to change human and social behavior? As a Superintendent of Schools, I read this book thinking about how to help students ponder these questions and better understand the future of privacy.

David convincingly argues that the definition of privacy changes through time: “The privacy that our parents and our grandparents had is no longer.” Houle succinctly relates how the invention of the printing press, telegraph, telephone, radio, and television have affected notions of privacy. He connects the three forces of the Shift Age (the flow to global, the flow to the individual, and increasing electronic connectedness) with an accelerating change to notions of privacy.

David is on target in pointing out the hypocrisy of some who complain about the loss of privacy. He writes, “If you want privacy, then you must not participate in the digital world . . . It is hypocritical to complain about the lack of privacy if you post information on social media, use the GPS function of your smart phone, surf the Internet, or increasingly, drive on the toll ways and in the cities of America.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Privacy in the Brave New World of the Digital Environment November 30, 2013
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David Houle insightfully probes this Brave New World of the Digital Environment, the significant issues of privacy, and the potential cultural responses that we might make.

The whole concept of privacy is very culturally bound. In Western culture we have assumed that individuals have tremendous rights of privacy. Digital Technology has created an entirely new ecosystem for content, interaction, and communication. Political pressure calls for transparency; at the same time, individuals desire maintaining cultural practices of privacy that pre date the Digital Revolution.

Higher Education may redefine intelligence and competency from what we know; to what we can apply in each new situation. The application of advanced analytics may mean Death of Privacy but also may mean The death of the normal curve in educational evaluation. Designing courses of an audience of one may become the future norm in higher education.

David challenges us to think deeply beyond the thirty second sound bites of Mainstream Media.

Henry J. Burnett, EdD
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Read! November 25, 2013
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This book gives a fresh perspective on privacy. I feel informed on where we are currently and where our privacy is going. David also makes a firm stand on what needs to be done in regards to our privacy. Excellent read - short and to the point.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Everyone should read this new David Houle piece! November 24, 2013
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David does it again. His insight is amazing and his research impeccable. This is something everyone should read and pass along.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Houle is on point once again! December 23, 2013
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Houle is on point once again tackling one of the biggest issues of our time. What does privacy mean in a post Snowden world? What it means for each of us? How can we harness the technology of the day, and retain our privacy? What impact are these decisions that we make with every swipe of a finger or click on a mouse mean for us. It's a discussion that we all are having and Houle sets the table for the discussion to be had. I always enjoy David's insights and this quick read does not disappoint and will make your head hurt as you examine the ramifications of privacy or lack of it in your daily life.
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More About the Author

David Houle is a futurist, thinker and speaker. Houle spent more than 20 years in media and entertainment. He has worked at NBC, CBS and was part of the senior executive team that created and launched MTV, Nickelodeon, VH1 and CNN Headline News

Houle has won a number of awards. He won two Emmys, the prestigious George Foster Peabody award and the Heartland award for "Hank Aaron: Chasing the Dream". He was also nominated for an Academy Award.

Houle is consistently ranked as one of the top futurists and futurist keynote speakers on the major search engines and in the world today. In the last three years he has delivered keynotes on six continents and twelve countries. He is often called "the CEOs' Futurist" having spoken to or advised 2,000+ CEOs and business owners in the past four years.
In February 2010 he also became a featured contributor to and his column can be found at

His first book, the influential and highly acclaimed "The Shift Age" was published in 2008. His second book, "Shift Ed: A Call to Action for Transforming K-12 Education" was published in April 2011 by Corwin. His third book, "The New Health Age: the Future of Healthcare and Medicine in America" was published by Sourcebooks in December 2011 and became a #1 category best seller on Amazon. . His fourth book, "Entering the Shift Age" was published by Sourcebooks in January 2013 and reached #1 best seller in the category of Business Planning and Forecasting. He published a short eBook "Is Privacy Dead? The Future of Privacy in the Digital Age" in November 2013

Houle is a member of the faculty and the futurist in residence at the Ringling College of Art + Design


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