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Rachel Lehmann-Haupt

Senior Editor, TED Books, TED Books


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How much of your information do you share? How much should corporations share? TED Books Q&A Friday at 3pm Eastern!

The way people connect and collaborate is undergoing an astonishing transformation. Smart organizations are shunning their old, secretive practices and embracing transparency. Companies are widely sharing intellectual property and releasing patents. And movements for freedom and justice are exploding everywhere.

In their new book, Radical Openness: Four Unexpected Principles for Success, authors Don Tapscott and Anthony D. Williams show how this revolutionary new philosophy is affecting every facet of our society, from the way we do business to whom we choose to govern us.

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Authors and TED Speakers Don Tapscott and Anthony Williams will be joining us soon for a one-hour live conversation, Friday 2/8 at 3pm Eastern!


Closing Statement from Rachel Lehmann-Haupt

Thanks everyone for joining the conversation - and especially thanks to Don and Anthony for such thoughtful answers to our questions and thoughts.

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    Feb 8 2013: Those are great examples, but what about Facebook or Instagram, everyone sharing everything. It's clearly good for the companies...but Is there a point where it's too much to share everything - are we losing something here?
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      Feb 8 2013: When it comes to each of us as individuals, Anthony and I think we all need a balance between the public and private. Just as the complete loner and hermit lifestyle is not optimal (we all need and benefit from human interaction and relationships) so being a completely public person undermines one essence of what it is to be human – to be private, reserved and discreet.

      Develop and implement your own personal privacy strategy. When you share consider the benefits. But realize that withholding most information about you is in your interests: there are many “bad actors” who would misuse it. Privacy is important to the formation and maintenance of human relationships, reputation trust and even “the self” and its presentation in everyday life. Society lacks the laws and norms to protect you from companies being invasive or manipulative. And don’t assume governments are benevolent: we may harmed in absentia by unknown public and private bureaucracies having access to our personal data -- perhaps the targets of injurious decisions and discrimination and we will never really know what or why.

      By all means, be as open as you want but realize that with openness can come vulnerabilities, especially for your children. And as the expression goes “Discretion is the better part of valor” meaning that it makes sense to be careful in the face of unintended consequences and risks.

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