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.