- File Size: 710 KB
- Print Length: 58 pages
- Publisher: David Houle and Associates; 1 edition (November 22, 2013)
- Publication Date: November 22, 2013
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00GUU7IM2
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Not Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,179,164 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Is Privacy Dead?: The Future of Privacy in the Digital Age Kindle Edition
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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 Why are we concerned about having privacy and is that an outdated concern?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. Don’t complain if you are constantly letting convenience and the cool factor of technology trump concerns about privacy.”
I enjoy David’s ability to craft phrases. He refers to the “word and definition dance” by politicians who made and then revised comments as the Edward Snowden saga broke. I like another phrase he coins (“environment that records”) as he observes that “Anyone with a smartphone has a high-quality camera capable of shooting hundreds of photos and videos. They can openly or surreptitiously take pictures of you, and you can take pictures of them. They can then upload them to a website somewhere in seconds.” And he quips, “candid camera has become constant camera.”
In discussing how we live in a world without privacy, Houle warns readers that gaps between our different selves are no longer private. He observes, “Simply living in an environment that records almost everything takes away our comfort at being able to segregate and compartmentalize our different selves. . . We may no longer be able to choose what is the private self and what is the public self.”
David asks whether the lack of privacy will change human and social behavior. He writes, “If you look back on your life and assume that it was lived from the beginning with an absence of privacy, would you have done some things differently? Are there things you have done, that may still be secret or mostly private, that you would not have done if you hadn’t had the privacy you had at the time?”
David concludes his e-book with a new definition of privacy, but no spoil alert necessary because I won’t provide it here!
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
My view of the NSA is that their computers search for key words and if they are used the item is set aside for a bored bureaucrat to read and mark up for further attention or discard as harmless. Perhaps I'm naïve, but that's why I bought this, to show me why I should be upset, really upset, so that I'll become more active in demanding action from my political leaders