The Transparent Society: Will Technology Force Us to Choose between Privacy and Freedom?

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FOLLOW-UP
Join a critical discussion on openness. The Foresight Institute, a nonprofit educational organization examining the impact of coming technologies, will sponsor a series of online discussions on the goal of openness and its relationship to surveillance and encryption technologies in the twenty- first Century. Interested participants are invited to visit http://crit.org/ openness on the Web for information on these discussions, which are tentatively scheduled for June and December 1998, 1999, and 2000, featuring contributions by both advocates and opponents of transparency. Archives of past discussions will also be available.In addition to comments or criticism of this book, some questions that might be worth pursuing are as follows:
1. What accumulations of power do people fear most and are those centers of power best controlled by blinding them or by forcing accountability on them? What real or potential power elites are getting too little attention nowadays?
2. Looking to history: Is there an example where a civilization failed because it was too open? Are there any examples when generalized secrecy helped prevent tyranny?
3. Do we need new social innovations to help unite and draw us together while we fly apart into a million little tribes? What do we need to flourish as a society in an Age of Amateurs?

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