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Hi there. I’d like to ask for your vote for my proposed session at South by Southwest Interactive 2015.
If you’ve read this blog for any amount of time, you’ll know that I write about issues in online privacy a lot. The tension between our ever more connected world and traditional conceptions of privacy are in inevitable conflict – just as they have been with technologies in the past.
I spoke at South by Southwest Interactive last year on the question, “Do consumers really care about online privacy?” My answer was, and remains: mostly not. When you look at actual patterns of consumer behavior, they demonstrate an appetite for more sharing of personal data, less concern for who sees it, and total incoherence in attitudes towards online measurement – which mostly stem from a total lack of knowledge.
This year, I proposed another session for SXSW. It’s entitled “Moving On: What the Future of Privacy Looks Like.” I see it as a natural segue to the debates we’re having today, and it’s my attempt to move the discussion forward.
Privacy will continue to be a sort of parlor game debate for many in the tech community, but out in the real world, people have moved on. We’re rushing into a shared digital future, one of the themes of this blog, in which our traditional views on privacy just won’t be relevant, let alone tenable, anymore. The basic issues have pretty much been settled. Some jurisdictions, like much of the EU, are essentially opting out, likely at the cost of much potential growth and innovation for startups there. Other jurisdictions, like the U.S. and much of East Asia, are plowing ahead.
So the question becomes: what does that future look like for us? What is a viable conception of personal privacy in the world we’re headed into?
I have some predictions, and also some questions to pose, in this proposed session. But first, I need to get to SXSW!
Here’s the link to click: Moving On: What the Future of Privacy Looks Like
Once there, you’ll need to create a SXSW PanelPicker account. Then, just click the thumbs-up on my session page. Shares/comments are always appreciated, of course.
Thanks! I really appreciate your support.