Philosophies of Privacy for the Digital Age by Anita Allen, Henry R. Silverman Professor of Law and Professor of Philosophy at the University of Pennsylvania
Human life, has gone digital. The ways in which many people act, and are acted upon by others, rely on digital technologies. Some of these technologies did not exist a few decades ago; others existed but without current and anticipated capacities for rapid, reliable and high volume data gathering, storage and analysis. Digital life is increasingly unavoidable. Even those individuals who intentionally avoid some aspects of digital life, such as use of social media and the Internet of Things in their homes and vehicles, are nonetheless caught up in digital life, perhaps without their knowledge or conscious consent. We get wrapped up in digital life by virtue of becoming purchasers, consumers, patients, workers, students, investors, tax payers, symphony goers and voters. The emergence of digital life has created conceptual and ethical problems of a sort Allen believes academic philosophers are well-suited to address, including the widely debated set of questions and concerns generated by digital life related to privacy and data protection. Allen argues that the centuries old philosophical canon is surprisingly relevant to current concerns about privacy spawned by the digital age.
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