Privacy and Intellectual Profiling

The information we seek reveals what we think. In an era of constant electronic communications without commercial privacy standards, our deepest thoughts can be tracked and picked over by the government and corporations. Search engines store our searches, social networking sites reveal our purchasing preferences and ISPs are starting to track our keystrokes. Essentially, our minds are being monitored. Welcome to the age of intellectual profiling.

I am proud to say that my firm is working on a campaign that will help the American public understand the impact of intellectual profiling on people’s right to learn, be curious, and research what you want to know about online.

On the brink of the U.S. Senate passing legislation to grant telecommunications immunity for wiretapping citizens that eviscerates the Fourth Amendment, how real or imagined is the world of Intellectual Profiling that best selling author, Cory Doctorow, portends in his short story, “Scoogled”?

Ask him.

Doctorow will be a featured panelist at “Privacy: Is it Time for a Revolution” on Sunday, June 29 from 1:30-3:00 p.m. in room 201D during the American Library Association’s annual conference. The panel launches the ALA’s Office of Intellectual Freedom’s three-year, 21st Century privacy rights initiative, which was recently kick-started with an investment from the Soros Foundation Network.

Not planning on being in Anaheim this Sunday? If you have any questions or would like to pose to the panelists, send them to me directly or comment on this post and I’ll see to it they get posed.

Panelists include : Author and blogger Cory Doctorow,Wired magazine senior writer Dan Roth, and the Director of the Privacy Rights Clearinghouse, Beth Givens