Privacy is not about having something to hide, Privacy is all about Freedom.
Why should you care?
Consider this a call to action. This is the time to dispel the commonly-held view of zero-sum which mistakenly posits that you can only have gains in one interest at the expense of another: You can only have greater public safety if you have less privacy – increases in one interest (security), always against losses of another interest (privacy). Not only is this a flawed proposition, but it is extremely harmful in that it will lead to the erosion of our freedoms and the loss of innovation and prosperity.
This zero-sum, win/lose mindset is what we wish to dispel, and by joining our International Council on Global Privacy and Security, by Design (GPSbyDesign) you will commit to abandoning such messaging in favor of doubly-enabling, win/win messaging that advances the view that you can have both privacy AND security, or privacy AND business interests, in unison. This is referred to as “positive-sum” because it envisions you having two positive gains, in two areas which may at first be considered to be competing, but can in fact both co-exist. The dated either/or paradigm of zero-sum is considered by many tech experts and cryptographers to present as false dichotomies. You can in fact have multiple interests embedded into design, provided that this is envisioned proactively, in a positive-sum manner. In “Operationalizing Privacy by Design” we demonstrated in multiple papers written with the leaders of industry and technology that you could in fact have numerous interests offered in tandem, not one to the exclusion of the other. It may take some creative, out-of-the-box thinking, but innovation abounds when the challenge is presented, resulting in greater prosperity.
Surveillance is the antithesis of privacy, leading to reductions in creativity and innovation. Surveillance inhibits one’s cognitive bandwidth and leads in the opposite direction of blue-sky-thinking. It restricts and confines one’s performance to that which is known – confining one to the present, as opposed to that which may be envisioned in the future. Please join me in reaching for the stars and creating a world where both privacy and security can not only co-exist, but lead to greater developments: innovation and prosperity can abound, with our freedoms remaining unchecked. Let that be the world we leave for our children and future generations.
If we are to survive as a free and prosperous society, we must replace dated zero-sum thinking with positive-sum advances, which will allow us to move forward with building innovative systems that integrate both privacy AND security/public safety, allowing us to achieve doubly-enabling solutions. In order for this to be achieved, massive education and raising of awareness will be required. Please join us in this effort by adding your names to our new venture.