Privacy: an autopsy?

Stream: Panel 9 - Human Rights & Democracy: Metadata, Whistle-blowing, Privacy, and Law 
Date: Monday, 26 September 2016
Time: 11.30 am – 1.00 pm


A world in which state agencies can monitor large swathes of our lives used to be thought of a classic dystopia. It seems now that we are living in such a world. While this loss of privacy may be imposed, most of us also willingly consent to give up large amounts of information about ourselves to corporations, particularly when online. Yet what have we actually lost in all this transparency? While defenders of privacy typically cite George Orwell’s 1984, there must be something more precise that can be offered. In this paper, I try to describe what privacy is and what is lost when it is compromised.


Peter Balint (Presenter), UNSW Canberra
Dr Peter Balint is Head of Discipline and a Senior Lecturer in International & Political Studies at UNSW Canberra. His research is primarily focussed on the principles for diversity, including respect, toleration, neutrality, and social cohesion. His forthcoming book, Respecting Toleration: Traditional Liberalism and Contemporary Diversity, with be published by Oxford University Press in January 2017. He has a PhD in Politics & International Relations (2009) and a B.A.(Hons) in History & Philosophy of Science from UNSW. In 2014 he was awarded a Freilich Foundation Early Career Research Grant and made an Honorary Visiting Fellow at The University of Manchester (MANCEPT). He has previously held Visiting Fellowships at The Morell Centre for Toleration (University of York) and CAPPE (Australian National University). In 2010-11 he was awarded a Senior Research Fellowship at The Goethe University of Frankfurt am Main on the project 'Justitia Amplificata. Rethinking Justice − Applied and Global'. He is a founding member of the Global Justice Network, and a regular editor of their journal, Global Justice: Theory Practice Rhetoric.