Hey netizens, doing some research, and I'd like to ask you a few questions.

What do you consider to be the biggest threats to online privacy in the world today?

If there were one thing you could have visibility into the practices of, what would it be?

@thegibson I'd break the question into a few parts:

- WHO or WHAT represents a threat? Actors.

- What MECHANISMS does that threat manifest as?

- What ACTIVITIES contribute to this?

- What specific RISKS are prresented?

Possibly a few others, though I'll try to hit on these points.

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@thegibson As to _why_ privacy matters, I'll borrow from Paul Baran in 1966:

"Privacy is really the right to be wrong, then go on and live the rest of your life, without having it mark you forever"

invidio.us/watch?v=FwaDvJYZTVk

Baran is one of the inventors of packet-based switching, the foundation of the Internet, and worked at RAND in the 1960s. His writings there are freely available online, many address social concerns of computer networks:

rand.org/pubs/authors/b/baran_

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