Transparent society

Wired 4.12: The Transparent Society (via jwz):
An interesting look at how cameras on streets, which are here to stay, might be used for the better. I’ve already written about my concerns regarding privacy in the UK, or the lack of it. The recent changes in the law in the UK to allow practically any government agency to read private communications under the RIP Act are just the latest manifestation of this growing removal of civil liberties. I’m not sure whether the Wired article is a good approach or not; organisations such as FIPR are fighting the fight on this issue, but they don’t, sadly, appear to be having any great impact. Maybe accepting that this technology will be brought into our lives and attempting to use it for good is the approach, but I don’t like it. As Franklin famously said, “They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.” ——-

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