Privacy, scrutiny and research ethics

Truth is: The flow goes both ways. We don’t move invisibly through the links, we leave a fine trail, much more real than pixie dust, but as intangible. Gathering information, we leave a trail of information. The ivory tower does not protect us here, and there are no sets of information gathering ethics protecting the subjects clicking on a link online. There shold be though. Information is power, and the right to gather and display information should definitely be discussed in a wide range of contexts. —Torill MortensenPrivacy, scrutiny and research ethics (thinking with my fingers)

A concise, powerful insight into the privacy debate that flared up last week in the corner of the blogosphere amorphous, many-tendrilled subnexus of the blogosphere where I hang my virtual hat.