Friday, September 17, 2010

Privacy and the Internet

A topic this is on many people's minds.

In the Spectator, Rory Sutherland reminds us how easy it is to say something foolish on line that will have a huge impact on our lives, and also how easy it may be for others to violate our privacy.

Sutherland refers to the "Twitter Suicide" of Stuart MacLennan, who was briefly a Labour candidate in Britain, but he doesn't include a link; here it is.

And then there's the slightly creepy article by Jose Antonio Vargas in the New Yorker, based on interviews with Mark Zuckerberg, founder of Facebook. Of course all such pieces carry the tone of a boomer fussing and saying "oh those young people and their internet," but Zuckerberg does seem an odd duck. His views on privacy are troubling given the company he runs.

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