Thursday, May 11, 2017

In the world of technology, it all keeps coming back to privacy; CBC News, May 2, 2017

Ramona Pringle, CBC News; 

In the world of technology, it all keeps coming back to privacy


"All about privacy
I can't call it writer's block, because the problem isn't that I don't have anything to say. The real issue is that it all revolves around one topic: privacy. Or rather, the ever-increasing lack thereof. The troubling reality is that while there are seemingly all sorts of interesting conversations happening in the world of technology, they almost all lead back to that big gaping privacy black hole, the issue that sucks up all the air in most debates about modern technology...

You see, no matter what the specific story is — a virtual assistant's new features, a company's mind-reading ambitions, or the quest to turn our workforce into cyborgs – a constant theme keeps popping up.
Privacy is the elephant in the room, unavoidable at every turn, and too big to ignore. And it will keep coming up week after week, especially as the Internet of Things evolves from being a concept to a new reality. As the world's biggest tech companies all race towards the next big thing, maintaining our privacy seems at risk of being bulldozed. 
Ultimately, we're in the middle of a big cultural negotiation between privacy and convenience. The truth is, it's not a zero-sum game, and it doesn't need to be either or. In theory, we should be able to enjoy all of the features that these new gadgets promise, without giving up our privacy. But in practice, it's a topic we can't ignore, and a battle we need to be willing to address."

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