New Philosophers of Privacy

Six video editorials examine topics related to privacy in the digital age, from revenge porn to the right to forget and who has control over our digital shadows. In addition to the video essays, the series included short form text, a feature article in the Huffington Post, and two Twitter Forums in which the public could interact with leading privacy advocates and policy makers.


This project was supported by then-privacy commissioner for Ontario, Ann Cavoukian and Avner Levin, Director of the Cyber Crime and Privacy Institute at Ryerson University.


Interviewees include: Ann Cavoukian, Avner Levin, Kashmir Hill, Jules Polonetsky, Danielle Citron, and Steph Guthrie.

From The Walrus:

Ideas about what is public and what is private seem to be changing every day. While it might seem to some that privacy is a remnant of a bygone era, Ontario Information and Privacy Commissioner Ann Cavoukian urges people not to give in just yet. “Privacy is a fundamental freedom. It’s a fundamental human right,” Cavoukian tells Ramona Pringle, host and producer of this six-part video series, Privacy in the Digital Age.
The Internet offers the promise of collective intelligence, enhance convenience, and the possibility of creating our best selves, but it also presents a living time capsule, where everything we say and do is recorded for history. Clearly, we need more philosophers in this debate. “It can’t be just engineers, it can’t be just product managers… We need to make sure that technology serves society and empowers us, makes us better people and makes the world a better place,” warns Jules Polonesky, director of the Future of Privacy Forum. Kashmir Hill, who writes about privacy for Forbes magazine, adds, “Sometimes I worry that the amount of information that we get about other people is making us more addicted to that information flow.”

The New Philosophers of Digital Privacy
The Coming Age of Anonymous
The Data Bargain
The Age of Innocence
Cyberbullying and Revenge Porn
No More Secrets