Matthew Trost


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Why is privacy important?

Is privacy a basic human need, or a recent luxury?

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A short conversation, but many interesting and thought-provoking responses! Thank you, all!

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    Jul 6 2011: Well, I read an article in a magazine that had a big number on privacy and the title was "Privacy 2.0" there seem to be some books on it but I can't find the sources...
    Anyway, the basic concept was that we have to let go of our illusion of privacy, since nearly everything we do is monitored in one way or another and reclaim the control of the monitoring.
    Instead of letting "big brother" have all the info, everyone checks everything about everyone making society totally transparent...
    I wish I had the reference because it was a long time ago that I read it...
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    Jul 6 2011: It's a human need, and it's what lets us to be ourselves.
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    Jul 6 2011: Hi Matthew,

    Would you care to extend the time limit on the conversation.
    I think it's an interesting one that should be kept open for more then a day...
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    Jul 6 2011: Privacy is a basic human need.

    I hesitated to say it is a basic need in society, but if you aren't amongst people I suppose you've got privacy.
  • Jul 6 2011: Privacy is only important when you are hiding something and truly, we all have something to hide. Let him that hath not sinned cast the first stone and all that.
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    Jul 5 2011: i do not think its is a basic human need, but i would say due to social conditioning it is a pretty common need. i can think of several people who could NOT handle 0 privacy.
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    Jul 5 2011: I think it's more of a cultural creation -- for instance, until recently, there was no word in Russian for 'Privacy'.
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        Jul 6 2011: Email notification worked!! It was something my brother told me when he was studying Russian, I wouldn't be surprised if he made it up entirely :)