What does privacy mean in a connected world?

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

From Google and Facebook to government surveillance, our data is being mined behind our backs. But should we be surprised? When the product is free, we should realize we (in the form our data) are the product. Is surrendering our personal data and privacy the price of entry to gain access to free content (freemium)? And if we’re doing nothing wrong, do we mind what others know about us? Or is ditching freemium for premium, paid-for-content the way to regain control over our data and our privacy? Given that all business is based on confidence, how can consumers and corporations forge trusting relationships in the networked society? Are ‘the crowds’ being empowered or not? What’s the future role of social media
 and old media? Or are both trust and privacy dead? Is that what we call the price of progress?

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Andrew Keen 
entrepreneur; founder, Audiocafe.com; author, Digital Vertigo: how today's online social revolution is dividing, diminishing, and disorienting us

Gerd Leonhard 
futurist; CEO, The Futures Agency

Martyn Perks 
director, Thinking Apart; co-author Big Potatoes: the London manifesto for innovation


Timandra Harkness 
journalist and writer; co-writer and performer, BrainSexHumans V Nature: Engineering FTW!and Your Days Are Numbered: the maths of death

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Angus Kennedy head of external relations, Institute of Ideas; convenor, The Academy; author, Being Cultured: in defence of discrimination (forthcoming)
Paul Seaman principal, West-PR Seaman