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How Much Does Openness Cost?


February 17, 2010

Researchers, activists and celebrities have different ideas about the potential risks and benefits associated with being a "non-private person," the Toronto Star reports. Social media researcher Danah Boyd argues that there are "huge social costs" in choosing to live life in the public sphere. "Privacy is about having control of a situation," she says. Andrea James, a writer and activist, points to the financial aspects of "privacy as a commodity vs. privacy as a right" in an era where private individuals have shared their children, marriages and fertility treatments with millions via television and Internet programs for monetary gain. The report also examines the fallout that can occur between "non-private" people and their more private counterparts.
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