The Demos think tank in the United Kingdom consistently finds new perspectives and outlooks on important topics, and this latest collection of essays published in May 2008 is no exception. Specifically, these fourteen essays "explore the underlying challenges and realities of privacy in an open society, and argue for a new settlement between the individual and society; the public and the states; the consumer and business." The volume was sponsored in part by the telecommunications company BT, and it includes such trenchant essays as "The culture of control", "A place of greater safety? Information sharing and confidentiality", and "The social value of privacy". It is worth noting that the underlying theme of the collection is that "we get the privacy culture we deserve", and this alone is well worth thinking (and reading) about.
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