[LINK] Fwd: Privacy wiki
Roger.Clarke at xamax.com.au
Tue Aug 1 14:07:08 EST 2006
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>Date: Tue, 1 Aug 2006 11:40:25 +0800 (GMT-8)
>From: Ivan Png <ipng at comp.nus.edu.sg>
>Subject: Privacy wiki
>Some months ago, my colleague Kai-lung Hui and I
>completed a survey on the Economics of Privacy
>for the Handbook of Economics and Information
>On reflection, it seemed that surveys will always
>be out of date, immediately they are written. And
>they are very time-consuming for the surveyor.
>A self-sustaining way for the community to publicize
>and keep track of ongoing research would be to
>apply technology and recruit self-help.... a wiki
>I've just set it up for privacy....
>Please help and help yourself!
>Password: (you guessed it) privacy
I'm a strong critic of economic analyses of privacy, because almost
all of the many that have been published since this all began in the
mid-1960s have been viciously anti-privacy in nature, and myopically
and willingly in favour of the efficiency of business and government
at any cost:
The fact that this comes out of Singapore doesn't fill me with
confidence that the originators will be sensitive to psychological,
social, political or even the more liberal forms of economic needs.
And nor does the highlighting of the naive idea of 'property rights',
and the strong referencing of arch-pro-business positivists Alan
Westin and Richard Posner. (I'm embarrassed to admit that I've never
looked at Stiglitz).
*But* I haven't read the contents yet, far less analysed them, so I
post the message on as a matter of interest and probable relevance.
Roger Clarke http://www.anu.edu.au/people/Roger.Clarke/
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