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by Jay Fienberg

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posted: Aug 5, 2003 6:12:30 PM

I keep thinking about the surveillance society / 1984 big brother / total information awareness / invasion or end of privacy situation we are in, or heading in, and wondering whether some of the things coming out of blogging flip that situation on its head.

For example, if some system is set up to monitor stuff about you, what happens if you set up your own system that publishes more—way more, information about you than the other systems wants or can even handle? What if your idea of "total" information about yourself is way more than some government or corporate institution's idea?

I just read a good piece, Surveil Me! Layers of public and private online, by Julian Sanchez of Reason online, which gets into a number of facets of these issues. [via zephoria]

I don't have a clear conclusion about these issues personally, though I think our own blogging and expressing ourselves publicly can be positive—as I wrote about in Why blogging matters (more than blogs).

But, I am curious what you think about this.

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