Privacy, Power, and the Data Economy
Carissa Véliz with Alexis Papazoglou
In her new book, Privacy Is Power, Carissa Véliz argues that whoever has the data has the power. If we give our data to companies, the wealthy will rule. If we give our data to governments, we will endure some form of authoritarianism. Only if people keep their data will society be free. Privacy matters because it gives power to the citizenry, which is where it belongs in a democracy. In this conversation with Alexis Papazoglou, Véliz will be discussing the relationships between privacy, surveillance, power, and the data economy. What is privacy? What is the right to privacy? How do we balance our right to privacy against the interest we have in analysing data for the benefit of the economy, public health, security, and science?
Carissa Véliz is an Associate Professor at the Faculty of Philosophy and the Institute for Ethics in AI, and a Tutorial Fellow at Hertford College, University of Oxford. She works on privacy, technology, moral and political philosophy, and public policy. Her new book Privacy Is Power is published in September. / @carissaveliz
Alexis Papazoglou is a freelance writer whose essays and reviews have appeared in The New Republic, The Atlantic, WIRED, The TLS, and The Philosopher. He is currently writing a book on the philosophy behind the news. @philosgreek.