Plato & The Consequences of Convenience

I see the rise of privacy and sovereignty as akin to the move from feudalism to land ownership, or civil rights, or the right to vote. Throughout history ‘mankind’ continues to strive for freedom and equality. We all know that the cost of the digital world as it operates currently is a very high price. Whilst most people still experience it as convenience, the consequences are hidden. What will begin to evidence this cost is insight into how these centralised structures are really limiting innovation, freedom and value creation.

Over the past week Dan Blum and I have been exchanging emails about the lens through which we seek to understand privacy and the evolution of the net. The quote above was part of our conversation.

Dan is the Chief Security & Privacy Architect at Respect Network.  His role is critical to the design and deployment of the first global private cloud network, due to launch in June 2014. What I love about his approach to architecture is that Dan is also looking at how the evolution of understanding of privacy and security is shaped.  His recent blog post makes for an interesting philosophical read. Enjoy…

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