Personal Transparency

Kevin Kelly has an interesting take on an article at the The Guardian:

The price of total personalization is total transparency.

The original phrasing from Seth Finkelstein:

We cannot expect that having large warehouses of data on individuals will be free from unintended consequences, especially when there are incentives to try to build highly detailed models of everyone’s lives. The price of total personalisation is total surveillance.

Hospitals are under fire to become completely transparent.  That’s a good thing.  Here’s the challenge: while hospitals become more transparent, so is the personal information of the people inside the hospital (employees included).  But it may not even be the fault of the hospital.  With more and more information divulged in web searches, social networks, online activities, emails, etc. the patient may need to consider their personal transition from privacy to transparency.

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