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The Age of Innocence

Online privacy and the illusion of intimacy

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.

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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.

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