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Opinion: Rosen Reviews Jarvis's Public Parts

PERSONAL PRIVACY

January 16, 2012

George Washington University Law Prof. Jeffrey Rosen discusses the new book, Public Parts: How Sharing in the Digital Age Improves the Way We Work and Live, and the man behind it, for The Washington Post. Rosen says that while author Jeff Jarvis vigorously advocates for openness on the Internet, his actions with regard to his personal information speak otherwise. Pointing out Jarvis's refusal to share his browsing history because people may draw "unwarranted conclusions" about him that he cannot "see and correct or explain," Rosen writes, "he is happy to reveal personal details selectively when they serve his financial interests by creating an illusory bond with a faceless audience, but as soon as transparency threatens to embarrass him, he rediscovers the virtues of privacy." (Registration may be required to access this story.) Editor's note: Jeff Jarvis will deliver a keynote address at the IAPP Global Privacy Summit 2012.
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