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How to Think about Privacy: An Interview with Jaron Lanier

The virtual reality pioneer talks Facebook, the NSA, the limits of big data and the future of our digital selves
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Is privacy dead? If so, did the Web kill it or did the NSA? What is privacy, anyway? And if we decide it’s worth preserving, how can we do that? For our November issue, computer scientist, musician, writer and thinker Jaron Lanier wrestled with these questions at length. After he was done we gave him a call to talk about his main points. Here’s the conversation.

 

 

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