#3390 Created 04/26/2013 Updated 08/13/2019
It was observed that "attention" is related to "privacy" in that they are different views of the same thing. Or, they are a binary pair, not exactly opposites, but perhaps brother moons of the same planet.
The first problem with privacy (well, it's actually hard to tell what's first) is that is about control of information. To say that you are private is to imply that you can control how much of your data is "revealed" to the view. But we cannot control how much data is revealed, because we do not control very much of the date about ourselves.
Our official data -- birth certificate, driver's license, street address, academic records, criminal history, voter registration -- is known and owned by various governments and institutions. Our Web data -- browsing histories, likes and shares, online relationships, memberships, posted comments -- is owned by the various web sites and services we visit. Our consumption data -- credit card purchases, electric and utility bills, food and gasoline -- are recorded by retailers and providers. Our communications data -- calls made, emails sent, service subscriptions, movies watched -- are known to our carriers and broadband providers. Our physical presence -- where we are, where we go, who we visit -- is tagged by our smart phones on every phone call, text message, photograph or movie created.
So, what data do we actually control?
Close your eyes, and tell me what you see.
Privacy and attention pairs:
Privacy attention --------------------------------- not observed observing not known networked, social elite/wealthy masses protecting data distributing data security exposure controlled & restrained freedom
Non-observed means non-observing. '