Originally appeared on The Walrus
How much is your privacy worth? In a recent study, Avner Levin, director of the Privacy and Cyber Crime Institute, found that most people would not pay $1 to protect their online identities begging the question: In our digital age, how much do we value online safety?
“The sad answer is that this is probably a generational shift in the same way that an earlier generation had to learn telephone etiquette,” explains author Clay Shirky. Kids posts about what schools they got into or snapshots of a party they attended over the weekend to shape a certain online persona, but what people often don’t consider is the potential cost of what they upload online. They may have grown up with the internet, but these generations are still learning the dos and don’ts of how to stay safe online.
The content we upload, from photos to tweets to videos, has an endless life on the Internet. And, as Forbes privacy columnist Kashmir Hill explains, everything is a mere few clicks away from going viral. So why are we so willing to share our private lives with the global public?
While we may want to carefully craft our online personas, recent headlines about the NSA have shattered the illusion that we have control over the information that we voluntarily upload to the Internet.
As we move forward and communications and connections become increasingly digital, will you change how you act online?
In partnership with Walrus TV, RdigitaLIFE talks to director of the Privacy and Cyber Crime Institute Avner Levin, Future of Privacy Forum director Jules Polonesky, Forbes privacy columnist Kashmir Hill, famed technology writer Clay Shirky, law professor Danielle Citron, and Women in Toronto Politics founder Steph Guthrie, to get some answers and insights into how much privacy is worth in a digital age and what we are willing, or not willing, to do to protect our online identities.