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Privacy's not an abstraction

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This article does a good job of highlighting what privacy concerns look like from different perspectives.

On a more basic level, infringing on people’s privacy for your own purposes is exploitative. The assignment reflects the logic of digital platforms, which treats people’s data as raw material to be extracted and put to one’s own uses. While this extraction is currently legal, it is a norm” inflicted upon us by platforms such as Google, Facebook, and Amazon. This kind of extraction is surveillance, and whether it is done online or in the real world,” it intrudes upon people’s rights to move about in public in relative obscurity if they so wish.

The author introduces the idea of luxury surveillance”, where you are being watched with at least a partial intent to help you. I think we should also consider the idea that there is a surveillance that is forced onto people if they don’t have the technical understanding to counter it.

Posted on March 28, 2019

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