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> Going dark: online privacy and anonymity for normal people

Caveat: normal people don't care about such things.




I have found that normal people are those that care most about it, once they experience that the social contract that governs private space has being violated.

How many people become victims to identity theft per year? How many people end up in a bad breakup where their ex uses private information in some action of revenge? How many people get falsely accused each year by the police?

Ask them if they care about privacy and anonymity, or as it is more commonly phrased, personal security.


The term "normal person" is referring to your average person, and the average person has not been through such an experience.

Also, the whole "once it happens to someone, they care" applies to pretty much anything. Find someone who invests a lot of their time speaking in public for any cause you can imagine. Someone who talks to audiences about the perils of alcohol, drugs, any cancer or disease - basically anything that is harmful/dangerous/deadly. How many of them do you think ever gave a second thought to their cause, before it affected their lives personally (themselves, a family member, or close friend)? Practically none of them. People generally don't care about the consequences of anything until they've been slapped in the face by it.


I don't think this is true. I think people either don't understand it, or have a different comfort level than others. I work at a public library with people who struggle with basic information literacy, but they are very protective of their phone number. That's a piece of private information to them, despite how much safer it would keep them in the event their email account is compromised (or they inevitably forget their password when they arrive a week later to check their email for the first time). When I assist someone in setting up an email or Facebook account, I spend time to explain this problem to them.

People care, they just don't know.



Privacy is for everyone, not just the privileged few.


It isn't about privilege. It is more about whether privacy is something that you are worried about or not. Most people don't care about it and don't even think about protecting it.


Anyone with curtains on their windows, or who closes the door to their bathroom cares about privacy.


Yeah, but that's "real" privacy and they understand it quite easily. Meanwhile virtual privacy is something different and more complicated.


Privacy doesn't even work that well until you get it to be common practice. Otherwise, practicing privacy is just a big red flag.




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