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August 14, 2013



"So are we naked with or without data? The fact is we are already so immersed in the stuff its [sic] impossible to go backwards."

We can't conduct normal human interaction in this society without generating data in several databases, so the trick is to manage the creation of the data. Self-censor in various media, taking into account its potential for abuse. Do not email anything sensitive; use PGP or S/MIME if the contents are sensitive but the headers are not. I'm using Privacy and Incognito mode in my browsers, even though I'm pretty sure there is only slight benefit to privacy.

Also consider the 1859 Carrington Event. That was the first major solar storm after the world discovered commercial uses for electricity, and it caused quite a bit of damage to telegraph systems. Our electronic devices these days are much more sensitive to voltage fluctuations than the telegraph systems, so it would be interesting to see what another Carrington Event would do to them.

Alan Moore

Yes I agree, so we are naked without data, which poses a dilemma for us today especially when we consider the recent Edward Snowden revelations, GCHQ and Bradley Manning's wikileaks.

A long time ago I wrote that refined data was the black gold of the 21st Century.

To your point about privacy filters - it seems we have none.

we live in a more complex world no doubt about that - but I do think the argument that we all have the right to privacy is a fundamental human right which has become so ever more complex.

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