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@33MHz Sounds like quite a fascinating read. Would you reckon he’s working off the Foucauldian idea described in ‘Discipline and Punish’, in which he details Bentham’s Panopticon? e.g. The ‘observed’ self-governs because they think the ‘observer’, held at the centre of the system (whether this is a prison or society) is always observing, because of the structural opacity between the two.

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I'm to #schoenberger's conclusions, and I'm quite disappointed. His primary suggestion is that law, technology, and social change improve society's handling of privacy and how we "forget" things digitally.
But his solution is to involve expiration dates for files, to the extent that digital cameras will detect devices people in the frame have on their person, and determine its picture's expiration date based on NFC/bluetooth settings on the devices, e.g..
This is an interesting brainstorming idea, but totally impractical. He goes on to suggest AI can help delete things in a more brain-like way, so it's more natural or something.
He convinced me of the problem space and its subtleties, but this as an actual solution is impractical, laughably so. He thinks expiration dates in the files themselves/OSes would require the least amount of law and social change, for the improvements.
We should be *empowered* by technology, and its unnatural way of remembering things unchronologically, unimpeded, is one of its most remarkable functions. The problem space is the socialization of these unforgotten things. Meh.
The cost of storage is too low for people to significantly choose to expire things.
And enforcing whom needs permission for what… not to mention it still needing a constitutional amendment to get any traction.
I thought he would end by saying "of course this is all pie in the sky..."
I do like #schoenberger's line that digital memory shifts power towards observers (gatekeepers, cops, judges, tech companies, whomever) over observed. This gives us checks on celebrities sometimes, but we're all at risk.
And implies the dangerous potential for, e.g., body cams. More checks on cops, maybe, but depends who controls the data. Less privacy, without strong guarantees.