Privacy in the Information Age<br />Presented by: Andrew Wesolek<br />Information Technology<br />Fall, 2009<br />
Panopticism: The Theoretical Foundation<br />Panoptic (all seeing) structure first envisioned by Jeremy Bentham as a perfect prison<br />Foucault takes a more metaphorical approach: Panopticism is not a physical structure, but a social one. <br />“To maintain order in a democratic and capitalist society, the populace needs to believe that any person could be surveilled at any time.”<br />Quote and Picture taken from: http://www.cla.purdue.edu/English/theory/newhistoricism/modules/foucaultcarceral.html <br />
More Concrete Manifestations<br />Google:<br />http://www.criminaljusticeusa.com/blog/2009/25-surprising-things-that-google-knows-about-you/<br />
What is Privacy Anyway?<br />Adam Moore: “A right to control access to and uses of—places, bodies, and personal information”<br />Note the normative and descriptive aspects<br />Also, element of control<br />
Should we really have a Right to Privacy?<br />Some Say no<br />A right to privacy of what?<br />Importance of Intentionality<br />
Back to Foucault<br />On Panopticisim: “It is not that the beautiful totality of the individual is amputated, repressed, altered by our social order, it is rather that the individual is carefully fabricated within it”<br />We might strengthen this statement by postulating that privacy is a necessary condition for freedom<br />
What should we do?<br />Carefully examine costs and benefits of new technology<br />Define a domestic (private) sphere and respect its boundaries<br />Consider and respect the intentionality of our ‘digital actions’<br />http://www.wired.com/images_blogs/threatlevel/images/2008/08/29/surveillance_screen_peterme.jpg<br />
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