Too Much Privacy Could Kill Innovation In The Digital Age

Too Much Privacy Could Kill Innovation In The Digital Age

A new book reveals how privacy and restricted information could lead to lost opportunities in a digital age. Author Jeff Jarvis stresses the need to open up to learn and connect.

Yi Chen
  • 16 september 2011

The author of ‘What Would Google Do?’, Jeff Jarvis, will be releasing a new book titled ‘Public Parts: Sharing in the Digital Age Improves the Way we Work and Live.’ He shares his thoughts on how privacy and public sharing restrictions can stagnate new ideas and innovation from being discovered in the digital age. In his new book, Jarvis laments that it’s important to strike a balance between privacy and publicness. Nevertheless, he brings up our obsession with privacy in recent times that could result to lost opportunities. Jarvis stresses that:

When we open up, we gain new chances to learn, connect, and collaborate. Through tools ranging from TripAdvisor to Wikipedia, from Google’s search to Facebook, we gain access to the wisdom of the crowd — that is, our wisdom.

Jeff Jarvis is a blogger of Buzz Machine and is also an associate professor and director of the interactive journalism program at the City University of New York’s Graduate School of Journalism. His new book Public Parts is set to be released on 27 September. Follow the link to read an excerpt of Public Parts: The Introduction.

Jeff Jarvis: BuzzMachine

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