A World Without Secrets

Many people worry about how the Internet and technology are making it easier to pry into private details: personal identification information, medical histories, and so on. Richard Hunter presents a number of interesting discussions on how technology is only one of the ways our world is becoming one “without secrets”.

In World Without Secrets: Business, Crime and Privacy in the Age of Ubiquitous Computing, Richard Hunter outlines some interesting scenarios and describes how we identify ourselves – and cede control of our privacy and identity – using technology, and in exchange for convenience. I particularly found his discussion of different groupings of people – the Network Army and the Lost and Lonely – to be thought provoking. His description of how otherwise isolated – and possibly either disenfranchised OR marginalized – individuals can utilize technology to create a network army is fascinating. His examples are easy to understand and informative. The only drawback to this book is when Mr. Hunter, a security expert at Gartner, adopts a rather salesman-type, consulting bravada. If you can grin and bear it through those few areas, the book is a phenomenal read. I read it and was musing the contents while searching for a car seat manufacturer’s guide I needed. I found a seat that had been created by fat people who required seat-belt extenders. It was a forum for the Lost and Lonely – isolated overweight car drivers who could not get the auto manufacturer’s attention or assitance – to consolidate their unique need and become a Network Army. Mr. Hunter’s insightful way of tying digital concerns with social and cultural issues is enjoyable and easy to comprehend.

David Whelan

I improve information access and lead information teams. My books on finding information and managing it and practicing law using cloud computing reflect my interest in information management, technology, law practice, and legal research. I've been a library director in Canada and the US, as well as directing the American Bar Association's Legal Technology Resource Center. I speak and write frequently on information, technology, law library, and law practice issues.