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The Transparency-Privacy Balance Online

ONLINE PRIVACY

February 25, 2011

Kris Kotarski, writing for The Calgary Herald, shines Louis Brandeis's principle of sunlight being the best disinfectant onto the Internet. While governments and corporations gain greater abilities to track and monitor the public online, Kotarski writes, the public has a new and broad-reaching tool for researching and "'enforcing' transparency among powerful organizations." According to Kotarski, privacy rights and anonymity are important ballast for ever-growing technology that "tilts the balance away from individual privacy." He writes, "The technologies available and the capabilities that they bring will undoubtedly continue to evolve, but it is crucial to decide on how our cultural and legal norms should evolve along with them."
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