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THE SPACE INVADERS

VB: Why does privacy matter?

AP: Privacy matters for several reasons. One is to do with self-protection. As a child growing up, one of the developmental achievements is having, or believing that you have, a private space inside yourself that is un-impinge-able on by anyone, that means you can’t be violated, you can’t be intruded upon, you can’t be taken over and you can’t be colonized. So, you have some sense of internal safety as though there was a protected space inside you. One way of seeing this is as ‘having a mind of your own’.

What aspects of digital intrusion into our privacy most concern you?

All the forms of surveillance technology; all the ways in which we are compelled to consume or think about consumption, even when we do not want to. Contemporary technology is extremely intrusive. It’s not

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