With essays from Edward Snowdon, Jenna Wortham and other influential voices in the tech and identity fields, this collection from McSweeny’s explores the changing nature of privacy in an era of increased online surveillance.
With 19 separate contributions, including imagery, opinion and Q&As, this collection touches on many different aspects of the privacy debate. An introductory note from the editors asserts that privacy is a democratic right; a right that is currently under threat.
As the introduction states, this collection is not really concerned about the end of trust - it’s about the end of privacy. But importantly, it touches on the"digital identity" discussion in that the particularities of our digital identity ecosystem are converging to threaten privacy - bringing the privacy conversation helpfully into the digital identity ecosystem.
The editors go on to challenge those who are unconcerned about privacy because they personally have “nothing to hide.” They point out the broader social impact of the privacy debate:
A foreword from the Electronic Frontier Foundation concurs:
Throughout the collection that follows, the breadth of perspectives affords insights into how experiences of digital identity and online privacy differ between various groups. The collection includes an essay from Sara Wachter-Boettcher on her experience of online harassment after a talk she gave at Google was uploaded to YouTube, as well as "The Postcards We Send Tips on Staying Vigilant in the Information Age," by Soraya Okuda, exploring the use of encrypted messaging.
Privacy, and how the digital age has altered our experience of privacy, is a continuous thread runs throughout these essays. Taken together, the content in this collection unpicks the myriad risks of encroaching online surveillance, both to the individual and to society as a whole. Privacy issues do not affect everyone in the same way, and there is no doubt that vulnerable groups are affected more acutely than others; to ignore the threat of digital surveillance is its own kind of privilege.