Skepticism can be lethal. Peter Singer

More Shadow, Less Light

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The balance between privacy and transparency has reached a tipping point. Transparency might be desirable but we will have to pay a heavy price for it. For without secrecy and privacy, neither society nor politics can truly function.

Background

Protecting State Secrecy

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For Their Eyes Only

Without secrecy, the state cannot protect its citizens. The public should therefore not have a universal right to transparency.

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Professor

David Omand
17.10.2013

Why Transparency will save Privacy

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Fighting Fire with Fire

Surveillance can’t be stopped. But instead of isolating ourselves and trying to seal off our secrets we should expose them, and the snoopers surrounding us. For the illusory fantasy of absolute privacy has come to an end.

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Physicist

David Brin
16.10.2013

The History of Secrecy

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Privacy is the best Defense

The trouble with secrecy and transparency goes back a long way. To understand why we need secrets we must take a look at history and the British postal service of the nineteenth century.

Secrecy and the Social Self

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Under Cover

To analyze the true value of secrecy, we should not look to the state or companies but to kids and their diaries. For secrets are an essential part of our human development.

 
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