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SciAm On the Future of Privacy 18

Posted by kdawson
from the you-have-none-get-over-it dept.
An anonymous reader writes "Scientific American has a special issue this month on the future of privacy, asking the question: 'Can we safeguard our information in an insecure world?' The collection of articles ranges from the already-Slashdotted (Bush's wiretap laws) to a few more interesting ones (how social networking changes our idea of privacy). Most of them are worth at least a skim-through."
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SciAm On the Future of Privacy

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  • by Atrox666 (957601) on Friday August 22, 2008 @10:52AM (#24705737)

    We've spent a lot of money training kids to live in little police states we call schools where unelected officials impose bad rules. Through zero tolerance we teach them it's a crime to stand up for yourself and that they have no privacy. Justice is swift and stupid. At least the schools have been able to teach this since teaching reading, math and life skills was a complete bust.
    China is the model..we'll all be living like that soon..the kids are already used to living like that.

  • by iminplaya (723125) <iminplaya.gmail@com> on Friday August 22, 2008 @11:40AM (#24706545) Journal

    Didn't realize the executive branch wrote laws...

    Yes... They're called Executive Orders [ucsb.edu]. Ya learn something new every day.

  • by Anonymous Coward on Friday August 22, 2008 @11:54AM (#24706769)

    I remember more than once California passing laws that protect citizen rights and privacy then winning legal challenges which meant that, YES, you corporations have to follow this law.

    The corporations went out and bought themselves a few US senators and congressmen. I read about it at opensecrets.org. Then, mysteriously, a new federal law would appear covering the same subject, which allows the corporations to do exactly what they were doing before and which also specifically preempts the California law.

    Welcome to the Incorporated States of America. Here's your complimentary barrel.

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