Doctorow: The Curious Case of Internet Privacy (Technology Review)
Posted Jun 7, 2012 20:36 UTC (Thu) by bjartur
Parent article: Doctorow: The Curious Case of Internet Privacy (Technology Review)
The idea is that your private information is less valuable to you than it is to the firms that siphon it out of your browser as you navigate the Web.
Since when did anyone loose whatever information he supplied?
Information doesn't necessarily have to be more useful to someone you supply it to than it is to you. But if it might be useful at all, to anyone out there, please, do share it to those who might use it. Uninformed decisions are being made all over the world as you read these words. Help spread information, even if only by contributing seemingly uninteresting data about mundane things for aggregation into useful statistics.
For example, my water bill is most useful to me and my water supplier. Same goes for your water bill. But what if either of us ever wondered whether their water usage was unusually high, and if so, what utility was using more water than others could cope with? Then suddenly, a matrix of the water usage of various utilities and anonymous users becomes immensely useful.
By Doctorow's logic, I should wonder whether my software is more useful to you, or the firms that might adopt and maintain it, than it is to me. I think I'll keep it to myself, just to be on the safe side.
Privacy, whether of individuals, corporations or governments, is inherently harmful. It does nothing but restrict the flow of information.
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