Episode 58: Obscurity Settings

Featuring guest CIS Affiliate Scholar Woodrow Hartzog. 

What kind of privacy do we want to have? What makes others’ knowledge about us turn from everyday acceptable to weird and creepy? Woody Hartzog talks with us about the difficulties of maintaining privacy, whatever it should be, online and in social networks. We’re used to the cheap obscurity and fleetingness of our physical lives, but it’s cheap and tempting to know more about others online than they’d like. Can we design platforms to deliver the individual obscurity we’ve enjoyed in the past? Conversation ranges between celebrities and privacy, searchability, giving up on hiding that we’re all gross and weird, our many identities, the problem of dumb teenagers, protected Twitter accounts, internet bad guys, and naked, dancing Buddhist monks.

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