Tuesday, February 26, 2008

The Anonymity Experiment - Catherine Price


Photo by Aaron Goodman

I often focus on privacy. The idea behind "Your Digital Double" is that so much information exists about you and is gathered every day that it can be argued the information aggregated will some day define you more than your real world interactions. It has been said that you are who you appear to be (dress for success, manners matter, word power...) but you also are who you appear to be from the data stored and analyzed about you.

In a interesting piece from the February issue of Popular Science, Catherine Price takes on the project of trying keep her every day life off that grid.

My daughter gave me the article to read, which I think is great because that means she is already giving the topic of privacy and identification consideration.

The article begins with a mention of David Holtzman's quest to see how much he could find out about himself form sources available "to any tenacious stalker". In the end, "he was able to discover so much about himself - from detailed financial information to the fact that he was circumcised" that the publisher wouldn't let him put it all in the book for privacy sake.

Throughout the piece, the author mentions the numerous ways we are tracked each day. GPS, RFID, Cookies and cell phones are all mentioned. Just as many of those topics have been mentioned within these posts over the last year.

Here are a small sampling:

Good to Go and Track You Down With (automatic toll booths)
Personal Info on Your Digital Double (Research on your own personal information)
i-SAFE From Harassment and Blackmail (Using Information Against You)
Privacy 101: If You Post It, It Can Be Seen (General Awareness of the Topic)

Check out the article.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I saw the article. It was scary. Especially how many times a day a security device whether it be transponder or camera is trained on whomever it in its line of site. Makes you wonder why people would want the Washington State "enhanced drivers license" to allow "easy" border access as undoubtedly, the license has a chip that tells the state where the card is at every second, not just at border crossings.