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We Live In Public

Ten years in the making and culled from 5,000 hours of footage, WE LIVE IN PUBLIC reveals the effect the web is having on our society and is a riveting, cautionary tale of what to expect as the virtual world inevitably takes control of our lives.

Director: Ondi Timoner
Year: 2009
Time: 90 min
Club Member Rating:
 We Live in Public
(2009) on IMDb

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Get involved with Data Privacy Day-  an international event held on January 28 every year. 

Check out director Ondi Timoner’s project – A TOTAL DISRUPTION – a collection of series involving innovators who use technology to transform our lives.

Disconnect yourself at least one hour more per day than last week if you are you living a life in public. Try to find the balance between respecting your own privacy needs and relying on electronic feedback and assurance. 

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A ‘Truman Show’ For Today: The Return of Josh Harris

“Josh Harris, begetter of ‘Quiet’ and ‘We Live In Public’, two of the more in-your-face media/art phenomena of turn-of-21st-century New York.

His latest project, titled ‘Net Band Command’, is about to open, and the public—as with his other famous projects—are the stars.”

Read the full article here.

Interview With Director Ondi Timoner

“It was like an observation tank of people clamoring for attention. It felt like a bunch of lost people.”

Watch the full video on Vimeo.

Where Is Josh Harris Now?

Catching Up With WE LIVE IN PUBLIC’s Star Prophet 5 Years Later

Mass Surveillance Violates International Treaties and Privacy Rights

The United Nations’ top official for counter-terrorism and human rights issued a formal report to the U.N. General Assembly today (10/15/2014) that condemns mass electronic surveillance as a clear violation of core privacy rights guaranteed by multiple treaties and conventions.

Find out more here.

9 Ways You’re Being Spied On

Check out this list to find out 9 ways you are being spied on every day.

How Much Are You Worth to Facebook and Google?

Ever wondered how much money you’re making for Facebook […]

Check out this article to find out more.

Why Does Privacy Matter?

“Even though the practices of many companies such as Facebook are legal, there is something disconcerting about them. Privacy should have a deeper purpose than the one ascribed to it by those who treat it as a currency to be traded for innovation, which in many circumstances seems to actually mean corporate interests. To protect our privacy, we need a better understanding of its purpose and why it is valuable.”

Read the full article on the Atlantic.

Eight Ways to Protect Your Privacy Online

“The current climate of mass surveillance has led many people to ask if there are ways to protect their privacy online. There are, and Electronic Frontiers Australia recommends the following steps to minimise your individual online security risks.”

The Guardian offer eight means of protecting your privacy. Nothing, however, beats collective action and a bill of digital rights

Read the list here.

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