Obscurity by Design

To make sense of this world, and to try to sift through the new emerging definitions of privacy, I turned to Woodrow Hartzog. In recent years, Hartzog has emerged as an important thinker on matters of design, privacy, and power relationships between users and tech companies. A professor of law and computer science at Northeastern University, Hartzog has written for the mainstream press about these issues, sometimes in collaboration with his colleague Daniel Solove. His book, Privacy’s Blueprint: The Battle to Control the Design of New Technologies, was published this year by Harvard University Press. We spoke recently by phone about the benefits of obscurity, why facial recognition should be banned, and how to rethink our common definition of privacy.

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