Private Info vs Public Info

Jeffrey Tucker makes the critical point about the distinction between information gathered by private parties and information gathered by the government.

In any case, this illustrates a crucial point about technology and "privacy": when the private sector is spying on you (if you want to call it that) it is generally in order to serve you better; when the public sector is doing it, it is to prepare you for prosecution. Why this distinction is lost on nearly everyone is hard to understand.

Technology is not, by itself, a negative. It is a tool like any other. It can be used to enhance our lives, or it can be used to their detriment. The actions of the people in possession of the technology determine how it is used.

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I just noticed that myself

I just noticed that myself last night, and I actually bookmarked it because I wanted to come back to it. One part I loved, both for eloquence and for content, was:

That's 24 episodes illustrating that technological advance is thrilling and meritorious without being fundamentally revolutionary to society and human nature.

I don't think I endorse the statement 100% (the part about not being revolutionary to society is what I am not sure about), but it's great to think about.

I'm not so sure this

I'm not so sure this distinction is valid, or at least not in the direction that you would like. After all, information gathered by private entities is then searchable and browsable by the government with either a trivially obtained warrant or, depending on the business, with no warrant at all. In effect, private data is a subset of government data. To say that privately gathered data is not used to prepare you for prosecution ignores the facts. All personal data given to anyone prepares you for prosecution.
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Grant is quite correct. If

Grant is quite correct. If you're planning on buying bomb-making books, I'd recommend going to a mortar-and-brick bookstore and paying cash, rather than buying from Amazon.

Grant: I?m not so sure this

Grant: I?m not so sure this distinction is valid, or at least not in the direction that you would like. After all, information gathered by private entities is then searchable and browsable by the government with either a trivially obtained warrant or, depending on the business, with no warrant at all.

Shonk: Grant is quite correct. If you?re planning on buying bomb-making books, I?d recommend going to a mortar-and-brick bookstore and paying cash, rather than buying from Amazon.

I'm not sure what Grant said counters anything I or Jeffrey Tucker said. Private entities, in general, use information to try to satisfy customers. Governments, in general, use information to lock you up.

Sure governments can obtain information from private parties; but that is a consequence of governments being governments, not an indictment of information itself. As I said, "it can be used to enhance our lives, or it can be used to their detriment".

In addition, information is

In addition, information is what makes the market go 'round. Removing information from the market is similar to contracting the division of labor- it makes us poorer in the end.

I say, flood the gov't with information. I've seen how efficient their data mining is in person, and I fear them not.