Where has +David Brin
said that "privacy is dead"? He describes the "privacy is dead" position as extreme and unhelpfully simplistic and argues that intelligent application of transparency can help us preserve important elements of privacy while guarding against toxic secrecy by various elites.
In his latest blog post, for example:
<quote> In one of life’s ironies, I am “Mister Transparency…” yet I believe some privacy can and should be preserved. A whole chapter of The Transparent Society
is about how the only way we can preserve a little secluded intimacy or confidential sharing may be if we live in a society where most of the people know most of what’s going on, most of the time.
Only such openness will stand a chance of deterring snoops and busybodies and peeping toms.
But some folks are far more transparency-radical! They “get” that all of our enlightenment innovations — like science, democracy, markets, justice, art and personal freedom thrive best in light… so they demand that it ALL be laid bare! As a moderate pragmatist (though perhaps a militant one) I find such zero-sum passion unnerving...
In fact, We do not have to choose between triplet fangs: Big Brother surveillance or stripped-naked little-brother coveillance, or (heaven forbid) the MYOB (mind your own business) rage of privacy "defenders" who just play into Big Brother's hands, by denouncing cartoon versions of transparency...
In fact, the society of nosy jerks portrayed in The Circle will not happen, because your neighbors would hate it just as much as you hate the thought of it!
Eggers's portrayal of his fellow humans and citizens is depressing not because it might come true, but because Eggers and the critics who praise him actually seem to believe (in their sanctimony) that their neighbors would put up with such a world... instead of using transparency and openness to catch the voyeurs and say "hey man! Back off..."
There is hope. If we insist on a general ability to see, that will include the ability to spot voyeurs.
If we start designing systems right, then we will be able to do what assertively brave humans have always been able to do, when some busybody stares. Tell them: "Hey bub.... back off." </quote>
That is a much more nuanced and moderate position than "privacy is dead." That is a position that some people hold, but +David Brin
is not one of them.