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June 7th, 2013
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The larger question
This reminds me of something I've been wondering about.

Are we moving into an era of open-source warfare? A time when just about everything except the plans in people's heads are public? Or, a little less generously, only face-to-face communications have a chance of being private? [1]

I'm interested in both fiction and non-fiction speculation on the subject.

[1] This reminds me of Varley's "The Persistence of Vision", in which a community of blind and deaf people develop Touch, a language which is entirely skin-to-skin. It would probably have better odds of privacy, but I'm no longer optimistic enough about people to think that Touch would reliably lead to benevolence.

Link thanks to Harold Feld at Facebook.

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From:whswhs
Date:June 7th, 2013 02:07 pm (UTC)
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Why do you assume that the plans in people's heads will remain private? With ongoing progress toward interfacing neurons with digital circuitry, I anticipate that the time will come when people argue that "memory wants to be free" and that they have as much right to remember your disastrous eleventh birthday party or how your first marriage destroyed itself as you do. Perhaps there will even be social discrimination against refuseniks who won't put an interface into their brains and can only be scanned externally.
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From:sodyera
Date:June 7th, 2013 02:14 pm (UTC)
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That's already starting to happen in re people who don't go online, or who do not Facebook or Twitter.

I'd like to learn Touch, but once it gets into Fandom, it would probably go the way of the old ASB parties, where it would be used in all sorts of off-label exchanges.
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From:andrewducker
Date:June 7th, 2013 06:36 pm (UTC)
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David Brin's "Earth" is a sci-fi look at such a world. And he liked it so much he turned the salient points into the non-fiction "The Transparent Society".
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From:nancylebov
Date:June 7th, 2013 08:21 pm (UTC)
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It's been a while since I've read it. Was there any war?
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From:andrewducker
Date:June 7th, 2013 09:06 pm (UTC)
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There's a war to end privacy, as part of the background. The last country to fall is Switzerland.
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From:captain_button
Date:June 12th, 2013 05:26 am (UTC)
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I haven't ever reread it, but I recall that as specifically being a war against banking secrecy, and the hidden power elites it makes possible.
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From:nancylebov
Date:June 12th, 2013 11:07 am (UTC)
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The angle I'm interested in is whether both sides are unable to keep secrets, and if so, how that affects the course of the war.
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From:tommy50702
Date:October 21st, 2014 02:13 pm (UTC)
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Yes. And Open source warfare doesn't ever go away.
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