Originally appeared on The Walrus
From recent headlines about NSA leaks to smartphones snapping photos shared across the internet, it’s hard to ignore the feeling that we are being watched all the time.
“[With] our technology there’s a positive story to tell and there’s a negative story to tell” says On Internet Freedom author Marvin Ammori. For instance, while social media and crowdsourced images were used to apprehend the Boston bombers, they also wrongly accused an innocent person in the process.
“You have to be careful not to give up accuracy in terms of quality of information in the enormous wealth of information that’s started pouring in,” cautions Ontario information and privacy commissioner Ann Cavoukian.
And it seems like everyone is contributing to the surveillance database. Anyone with a smartphone can record and share images of all aspects of our public lives, and according information revealed about the NSA’s digital surveillance program, known as PRISM, it seems like our entire lives are being captured in sound-bytes, data files and stills.
“The fear is that there isn’t going to be any kind of private space that no one can intrude on,” says Avner Levin, director of Ryerson University’s Privacy and Cyber Crime Institute.
So, is going off the grid the only way to truly protect our privacy?
In partnership with Walrus TV, RdigitaLIFE talks to director of the Privacy and Cyber Crime Institute Avner Levin, Forbes privacy columnist Kashmir Hill, law professor Danielle Citron, Ontario information and privacy commissioner Ann Cavoukian, and On Internet Freedom author Marvin Ammori to shed some light on the secrets of the internet.