The Normal Person’s Guide To Life (Or Why It’s Never Just You And The Smirking Clerk)
Three quick questions.
And what on earth does the answers to those questions have to do with privacy?
The answer to the first 2 questions is really a simple one.
The government, our schools and most other institutions in this country don’t work because they were built for 20th Century problems.
The schools your child attends was designed in the Henry Ford era.
Teacher (factory worker) teaches his focused topic (creates part) which when combined with others doing the same thing (assembly line) you end up with a graduated student (automobile). Despitetests and referendums (quality control)a lot of the students (automobiles) still aren’t successful.
Though our lives and what we need to know are completely different than what it was twenty years ago we are still using a 100 year old formula and look confused when it doesn’t work.
Wal-Mart, despite treating it’s workers like shit, is a 21st century company.
Now the basic difference between 20th Century and 21 Century companies and governments is how they acquire, use and leverage information.
Despite having access to more recources and information our federal government ‘dropped the ball’ on Katrina because it didn’t know what to do with the information it had.
Unlike the information heavy Wal-Mart or Fed-Ex it stumbled because our government is still using 20th Century strategies in 2006.
Now I said all that to say this.
When you go 20 miles out of your way to buy a porn magazine at a store where nobody knows you it’s not really a secret.
All the survelliance cameras which track speeders and deter crime knows.
The navigation system in your car knows.
The computer system of 7-11 knows.
It’s never just you and the smirking clerk.
We gave up privacy a long time ago.
The 21st century problem is one of secrecy.
That’s what we have to ask questions about.
We, as consumers and citizens, should be able to know, whenever we want, who has access to our data and for what reason. We should know when it’s being sold or borrowed from the company we originally gave it to.
The secrecy of what happens to our data is a 21st Century problem.
And we won’t solve it thinking like Henry Ford.
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