DAILY NEWS Nov 26, 2013 1:21 PM - 0 comments

New Web Video Series Looks at Privacy and the Paradox of the Digital Age

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The key to protecting privacy online will be revealed in a new video series that looks at digital privacy in a hyper-connected world.

Unfortunately, one key rule for privacy protection will be broken by watching the Web video series.

Canadian publishing company The Walrus and Toronto-based digital developer rdigitaLIFE have teamed-up to create and present Private Life: The Paradox of the Digital Age, a video series that delves into digital privacy — and whether there is any left.

It may sound extreme, but show producers note that in our hyper-connected world, the best ways to protect privacy online means not going online in the first place:

•           Don’t use a mobile phone

•           Always pay cash

•           Don’t go online

•           Never leave your house

Ramona Pringle, Ryerson University professor, filmmaker and host/producer of rdigitaLIFE, asks, surely there must be a better way?

So The Walrus and rdigitaLIFE will present the six-part online video series on privacy and how it affects our relationships with friends, families, colleagues and communities.

An online Twitter exchange is also planned: a live tweet chat on the subject of privacy, Tuesday, November 26, 2013 at 7:30 pm (ET). Follow the hashtag: #rprivatelife and the @rdigitalife account on Twitter.

New videos will launch on TheWalrus.ca beginning Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Topics discussed include:

•           Privacy, publicness and the need for new philosophers

•           Revenge porn and consent

•           The surveillance state

•           The age of innocence

•           The bargain: What we’re willing to give up, for a hit of oxytocin

•           Anonymity and the coming of ‘Age of Anonymous’.

The series features Ontario privacy commissioner, Ann Cavoukian, author and NYU professor Clay Shirky, Forbes online editor and privacy columnist, Kashmir Hill, director of the Cyber Crime Institute at Ted Rogers School of Management, Avner Levin, feminist activist Steph Guthrie, director of the Future of Privacy Forum, Jules Polonetsky, and others.

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