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Re: [ontolog-forum] Ontological issues relative to privacy.

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From: Steve Newcomb <srn@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Mon, 20 Jan 2014 08:58:22 -0500
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On 01/17/2014 06:46 PM, John McClure wrote:    (01)

> If an OPO (Ontolog Privacy Ontology) were created by which one specifies
> privacy expectations, and such is automagically transmitted in our
> digital communications, then there's a basic mechanism for establishing
> accountability, the bedrock notion of our social systems. As I see it,
> the problem is that there is no mechanism per se for people to state
> their privacy expectations about generic communications or about any
> specific communication or about any specific part of that communication
> or about any specific metadata relating to that communication (eg the
> keyboard was the input device for the communication).    (02)

I think this idea (good) lies close to David Brin's *Transparent
Society* idea (also good).  One of Brin's proposals is that a society
weary of noxious secrets, but aware that secrets are necessary for many
kinds of human endeavor, establishes a public registry of secrets.  You
can have a secret, but only for a registered period of time.  (Maybe
that's NSA's future?)    (03)

Isn't something like that implicit, John, in your proposal?  I don't see
how there can be accountability for the handling of information unless
the information itself is known to some sort of accountability
authority.  And so such an authority would *still* need access to all
information transfers -- an idea none of us is comfortable with -- but
at least now it would have some direct and auditable accountability to
the owners of secrets *other* than the military.    (04)

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