It’s not data ethics, it’s ethics.

It’s not data privacy, it’s privacy.

It’s not digital rights, it’s human rights in the digital/networked age.

Let’s make sure we keep the focus on what’s important and not allow well-understood terms, concepts, and existing rights to be redefined by those with vested interests in clouding* the conversation and eroding our human rights by backdooring in a new set of lesser rights for the digital/networked aspects of our selves.

* See what I did there? 😛

@aral Speaking of privacy, I'm looking for a good and clear definition. That's proved difficult to find even amongst authorities on the topic.

Jill Lepore among them, she's working on a book AFAIU.

@dredmorbius Privacy is the right to decide what you keep to yourself and what you share with others.

That's my definition.

@aral My working definition: the right and ability to define and enforce limitations on information sharing.

The very notion of privacy is a response to, and grows proportionately with, information capabilities: observation, storage, retrieval, synthes & analysis, fabrication, and dissemination.

It is an emergent defence.

The reason for a lack of modern senses of privacy in the past was a lack of contemporary informational capabilities.


@dredmorbius @aral @mdekstrand Helen Nissenbaum (now at Cornell Tech) has been working on defining privacy for a while now. This is a good place to start:

tl;dr (or at least my understanding): Privacy is the set of norms and expectations that dictate whether information shared in one context or for one purpose can be shared in another context without weirding people out.

@noleli @aral @mdekstrand A number of people have tried. I've got a ton of refs though they're disorganised as hell.

Fuck Android for making this a PITA.

A surprising number punt.

@aral Rights do not change because of time. Rights are universal.
@aral OK, so you totally missed the point. My mistake.

@aral Very much so. And it's not users, it's citizens or human beings, just as well!

@aral the only way the politicians will understand data security: if you explain it like ^

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