The Weekly Filet brings you the five best links of the week, every Friday. Making sense of the big issues of our time (with a healthy dose of serendipity and nerdiness). Brought to you by journalist David Bauer. Trawling the web for hidden gems since 2011.
Subscribe now | Learn more
Where «nothing to hide» fails as logic

Where «nothing to hide» fails as logic

Danah Boyd

Among those who took the revelation of the US surveillance programs lightly, two arguments prevailed: 1. That surprises you? 2. We need it to fight crime. If you’ve got nothing to hide, you needn’t care. No 1 is just vain, but No 2 needs closer attention. A lot of people seem to think this is just a matter of principles and how reluctant you are to trade them in for increased security. It is not. These two essays by Danah Boyd and Daniel Solove illustrate how everyone is affected, even if they have «nothing to hide».