Living without Curtains in the Age of Web 2.0

A Digital Report from the Counterpublics Working Group
Robarts Centre for Canadian Studies, York University, September 10, 2010

Let’s start with a key question: In the age of Web 2.0, where new technologies enable us to “tell all” and live our lives “without curtains”, what are the consequences for surveillance and privacy?

The compulsion to share with others is a central imperative of modern life. Today, new technologies can liberate us from the tribe, or create new digital ones. When we put ourselves out there, others can watch. Privacy is our buffer between extremes. But a respect for privacy is not automatic. And even when we’re mindful of who’s watching us, surveillance is ever-present.