An inside look at who's watching you, what they know and why it matters.
In defining privacy as “the claim of individuals…to determine for themselves when, how and to what extent information about them is communicated,” Alan Westin’s 1967 classic *Privacy and Freedom* laid the philosophical groundwork for the current debates about technology and personal freedom, and is considered a foundational text in the field of privacy law.
Originally published in 1971, this is a classic and frightening analysis of the clash between individual privacy and information-gathering technology in the modern age.
A brave new world in which everything you say and do is recorded and analyzed in real time is closer than you think. To succeed in what Fertik dubs “the Reputation Economy,” we need to understand how our data is scored and take proactive steps to optimize our digital footprints.
It’s time to reckon with a scary reality: The digital platforms we all use and love collect vast amounts of personal information that they can sell or exploit. Too much wealth and power is becoming concentrated among big tech companies — posing a serious threat to our private lives and capitalist economy.