The New York Times reports how cities may soon cease to be “our paradises of anonymity” and “fall first in the disappearance, or at least a radical remaking, of privacy” through the collection of seemingly innocuous public data that “can now be cheaply aggregated.” As Berkeley’s Deirdre Mulligan put it, “People in cities have anonymity from their neighbor but not from an entity collecting data about them.” The report examines the potential positive and negative consequences. “What happens when every secret, from who really did the work in the office, to sex, to who said what, is that we get a more truthful society,” said David Friedberg of Climate Corporation, while Mulligan suggested, “There is an idea here that data is truth, and that’s not always true.” Meanwhile, CNet reports on a flight attendant's request for a passenger to remove her Google Glass "due to security concerns" and the potential ramifications of the airline’s policy for other devices. (Registration may be required to access this story.)
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