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Online privacy: Double agent | The Economist

  • The internet legend wants to solve the tension between the right to privacy and government’s need to know with greater transparency. In fact, he thinks that there is no real conflict between the two. Privacy, he says, is not really the issue: it is lost anyway. “Everything you do leaves a digital slime trail.” The problem is, Mr Barlow argues, that many of those in government, and other organisations, “know more about yourself than you do”—putting them in a position of power. The loss of privacy would be acceptable if there were also a loss of secrecy: “I want to know what they know about me and why.”

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