Walrus TV

The Age of Innocence

Online privacy and the illusion of intimacy

From the Walrus magazine

In a recent study, Avner Levin found that most people won’t pay $1 to protect their privacy online. This is especially true of young people, who believe that what they post and share on the Internet is kept within the border of their friends. But this illusion of intimacy presents unexpected challenges, when, says Forbes privacy columnist Kashmir Hill, “everything is two clicks away from going viral, all the time.” And as law professor Danielle Citron points out, 90 percent of employers now Google job candidates before an interview.


  • Danielle Citron, professor of law, University of Maryland (@DANIELLECITRON)
  • Steph Guthrie, founder, Women in Toronto Politics (@amirightfolks)
  • Kashmir Hill, privacy columnist, Forbes (@kashhill)
  • Avner Levin, director, Privacy & Cyber Crime Institute, Ryerson University
  • Jules Polonetsky, director, Future of Privacy Forum (@JulesPolonetsky)
  • Clay Shirky, author, Here Comes Everybody (@cshirky)


  • Host, producer, and writer: Ramona Pringle
  • Director of photography: Lisa Lightbourn Lay
  • Motion graphics: Olney Atwell
  • Post supervisor: Wil Noack
  • Post-production assistants: Dylan Morgan, Ian Holland
  • B-roll camera: Eric Sleeth, Joey Ferguson, and Luke Nater
  • Field camera: Jefferson Wright
  • Editorial assistants/social media: Marie Alcober, Ishani Nath
  • Content manager: Martin Waxman
  • Special thanks: Charles Falzon, Gerd Hauck, Val Fox, Sheldon Levy, Ben Peto

Join The Walrus and RdigitaLIFE as we explore some of the biggest issues in privacy—from surveillance to revenge porn to the social bargain that we enter into every time we go online. During this week and the next, @walrusmagazine and @RdigitaLIFE will be co-hosting several privacy-related Twitter chats, organized around the hashtag #rprivatelife. Please follow both feeds for more information.

Recommended Links

The Coming Age of Anonymous by Ramona Pringle and RdigitaLIFE · · The conclusion of Privacy in the Digital Age, a series of TV posts by Ryerson University’s RdigitaLIFE project

The Data Bargain by Ramona Pringle and RdigitaLIFE · · When we interact on social networking sites and email, we trade privacy for a hit of the brain’s “cuddle” chemical. What’s gained and lost in the deal?

Cyberbullying and Revenge Porn by Ramona Pringle and RdigitaLIFE · · The dark side of the Internet age

No More Secrets by Ramona Pringle and RdigitaLIFE · · Digital surveillance and the end of privacy

The New Philosophers of Digital Privacy by Ramona Pringle and RdigitaLIFE · · Introducing Privacy in the Digital Age, a new series of TV posts by Ryerson University’s RdigitaLIFE project

RdigitaLIFE is an independent project, based at Toronto’s Ryerson University, that explores human interactions with technology.

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