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Creepy Is As Creepy Does


With increasing volume, “creepy” has snuck its way in to the privacy lexicon and become a mainstay in conversations around online sharing and social networking. How is it possible that we use the same word to describe Frankenstein and Facebook?

In November, I gave a LinkedIn Tech Talk (video, slides)  where I shared my thoughts on the impact of privacy vertigo to both government regulation and societal norms. Thanks to LinkedIn’s Daniel Tunkelang who posted a thoughtful review of the talk.

I use the term privacy vertigo to characterize the queasiness we feel over the rupture of our anonymity bubble — a bubble that has grown along with the US population density over the past 150 years. 

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