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privacy is your local scope where you perform your local reasoning

maybe people who don't think privacy is important are okay with programming by only mutating global variables

@cwebber
Perfect!!! This is a very welcome and powerful analogy.

@cwebber but there's no such thing as a global variable. variables all have scope, even if that scope is one process or one computer. there's nothing in a normal programming environment that relates to strangers trying to enter your thought process from anywhere in the world.

@cwebber Exactly this. We’re talking about basic encapsulation here. Only, instead of intangible objects, we’re talking about the encapsulation of human beings; of personhood. That’s what we’re on the brink of losing if the fundamental technological infrastructures of our societies violate the integrity of personhood by default.

@cwebber (This is exactly what I’m trying to get across at the EU level. The main retort to surveillance capitalism from the traditional left that’s surfacing here replaces violation of human encapsulation by corporations with the same violation by the state (at the local or national levels; the current focus is at the city level). I think I got them to include it in this month’s Amsterdam initiative to reframe the digital single market. Integrity of personhood is nonnegotiable.)

@aral

"Amsterdam initiative"?

(I am not in Europe, and maybe out of touch in general..)

@cwebber functional programmers love privacy pass it on

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