Linked by David Adams on Fri 11th Dec 2009 01:25 UTC
Privacy, Security, Encryption I was reminded of Sun Microsystems' Scott McNealy's infamous sound byte (used as the title of this article) when I read about Google CEO Eric Schmidt's foot-in-mouth moment during a recent CNBC interview (YouTube Link). Here's what Schmidt said: "I think judgment matters. If you have something that you don't want anyone to know, maybe you shouldn't be doing it in the first place. If you really need that kind of privacy, the reality is that search engines -- including Google -- do retain this information for some time and it's important, for example, that we are all subject in the United States to the Patriot Act and it is possible that all that information could be made available to the authorities."
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RE: Individuality != Privacy
by kaiwai on Fri 11th Dec 2009 13:58 UTC in reply to "Individuality != Privacy"
kaiwai
Member since:
2005-07-06

"We lose our individuality, because everything we do is observable and recordable.


The idea that people who don't feel the need to hide who they are and what they do are some how less individual is completely ridiculous. Individuality is, in my humble opinion, being honest about who you are and what you believe, both to yourself and others. It has absolutely nothing to do with what you hide from other people.
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When one is constantly observed then one changes behaviour to conform to what is considered the 'norm'. THe result is rather than individuals you have masses conforming to an idealised expectation for fear of not wanting to look out of place.

For me I don't like the idea simply because it creeps me out when people are looking into my life, look at me, looking at my details - the same way that it creeps me out being in a large crowd of people.

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sbergman27 Member since:
2005-07-24

The idea that people who don't feel the need to hide who they are and what they do are some how less individual is completely ridiculous. Individuality is, in my humble opinion, being honest about who you are and what you believe, both to yourself and others. It has absolutely nothing to do with what you hide from other people.


Indeed. It's about what one chooses to share. Not about our credit card numbers.

Two individual's renditions of the same Broadway hit:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lupNzpcpDRk

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tDPNt1ybQQ4

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