“If you have something that you don’t want anyone to know, maybe you shouldn’t be doing it in the first place.”and..
"Would you prefer someone else [gather and store all this information about we the people]?” Schmidt shot back – to laughter and even greater applause. “Is there a government that you would prefer to be in charge of this?”Gruber replies,
"Maybe the question isn’t who should hold this information, but rather should anyone hold this information."Yeah, it's a little late for that. Despite the fervent wishes of some of this blog's readers, it seems highly unlikely that we will reverse the penetration of the information age into our lives. First, more of us would have to want to. People gotta have their facebooks.
As I've been saying for some time, the task now isn't to try to stop the inevitable leaking of information, but to build social institutions and norms for coping with a world bereft of privacy.
"[Schmidt] predicts, apparently seriously, that every young person one day will be entitled automatically to change his or her name on reaching adulthood in order to disown youthful hijinks stored on their friends’ social media sites."Gruber says this makes Schmidt "creepy," but at least it's acknowledging the real problem and proposing a solution.
I think that solution is somewhat fantastical and naive, but I'm sure the rest of you think that my hazily defined "politeness" standards are equally unrealistic.
What do you think? If you've got kids, do you want them avoiding adult embarrassment by changing their name when they get out of high school (or, if they were like us, college)? And won't Google just create a widget for collating your two histories.