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August 3, 2012

                       Welcome to OUR TRANSPARENT WORLD blog.

This is where we bring attention to the topics surrounding the disappearance of privacy in exchange for “convenience,” “security,” and, of all things, “public service.” This is not a drum beating activist site, but rather a reporting site that brings transparency to transparency — in other words, public awareness to the vulnerabilities latent to today’s pervasive technologies. A 21st century re-visitation to George Orwell’s “1984” and Aldous Huxley’s “Brave New World,” if you will. A world in which secrets are no longer secret, and there is, quite literally, no place to hide.

“You have zero privacy anyway. Get over it,”  Scott McNealy, Sun Microsystems’ CEO, openly and  brashly declared in 1999.

ComputerWorld magazine (April 1999) carried a series of ads that reported how the day would come when we would all be “seamlessly linked” to the Internet. “Not as a collection of websites or in a battle for eyeballs. But as a catalyst for the service-based economy. The next chapter of the Internet is about to be written. And it will have nothing to do with you working the Web. Instead, the Internet will work for you.”

That is where we are today. Always on, always connected — always there! And that’s where the rub is. “Always ON” does not necessarily translate into always hidden. “The ability to establish a digital trail is unlike anything we’ve had so far in history,” noted Constance Bagley, a law lecturer at Stanford University, in a Business Week “Special Report: Privacy” in 1999.

Today, those trails are transparent and transcending … making McNealey’s proclamation a true cultural model.

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In this blog, we will bring transparency to transparency. A lot has changed since the late ’90s relative to the seeping loss to privacy … and we’re not talking about online activity exclusively. But, with the recent expansion of the Internet addressing system from 4.5 billion addresses (IPv4) to 340 trillion trillion trillion addresses (IPv6) … plus advancements in the world of micro-tagging and biochipping … everything offline eventually ends up online.

We will review myriad sources that span decades of predictions and recent days of real-time revelations. Welcome to Our Transparent World!

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