Will the Sharing Economy Destroy Internet Privacy?
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  • rheddles

    Disintermediation does not always lower transaction costs. This is an example. Brokers (middlemen) should emerge who will give the buyer the assurance of legitimacy by way of their continuous presence in the market and sellers the anonymity they seek at a lower price, but not free. TANSTAAFL.

  • lehnne

    it doesn’t get any better for a police state, err, security/safety surveillance network than when the populace self reports their activities, location, contacts,and interests into huge data collection agnecies.

    • Police state, shmolice state. I have nothing to hide. The job of the police is to enforce the law. If they overstep their bounds — well, that can be reported too. And we do have our guns.

      Ultimately our liberties reside in our hearts. If a law-abiding US citizenry isn’t willing to defend itself against the outside possibility of a coup d’état, which is basically what you are talking about, then it doesn’t deserve to be free.

      That said, our public schools could do a better job of teaching American history, which is the foundation of everything.

  • Jim Luebke

    Someone needs to make a movie of Orwell’s 1984…

  • qet

    I am a dog. Internet identity verification could make things difficult.

    • Andrew Allison

      Shouldn’t your handle be “fetch”? :<)

  • Personally I would like to see a national ID. It’s anonymity in real life that bothers me most.

  • circleglider

    It’s not a “sharing economy” — services like AirBnB are simply lowering transaction costs. What they’re facilitating is real commerce indistinguishable from hotels. Calling it something completely different is a transparent ploy to evade taxes and regulations.

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