Why Privacy Matters

“Nothing to Hide, Nothing to Fear” is a frequent argument that makes an intuitive appeal to upstanding citizens with a presumptive assertion about what it means to “hide”. In 2014, Glenn Greenwald sounded a clarion call for why it is that the human need for data privacy on the Internet is greater than a simplistic resort to labeling those who wish for data privacy as “hiding”. This is an excellent talk about the intellectual reasons Internet privacy matters and following the TED program, it is only 20 minutes long.  However, this talk misses some fundamental points about privacy on the Internet and the political history of the United States and how privacy and anonymity are now linked in our age