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Do We Suffer from 'Digital Vertigo'?
By: Christine Geraci
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Andrew Keen believes we're building a world we don't really want.
 
Keen, an Internet entrepreneur and columnist for TechCrunch, recently explained why he feels this way in a fascinating interview he gave to preview the release of his new book, Digital Vertigo.
 
"We're creating a world of massive personal data where everybody is watching everybody else all the time," he said. This world is forming because of our collective desire to do away with loneliness, he explained. Keen then warned the rise of digital platforms, designed to get us to tell the world everything, are helping to create a world completely devoid of secrecy.
 
"We need to re-architect the Internet into a place where we can have history and secrecy," he said. To do this, we must:
 
Embrace companies that focus on selling how they protect user privacy. Path is an example of this. 
 
Embrace technologies that allow data to degenerate online. In other words, he hopes the Internet learns how to forget.
 
Support "some degree of legislation" to protect users who don't understand how the data they provide is being used. The "Do Not Track" legislation passing through Congress encourages Keen. 
 
Whether you agree with his suggestions or not, Keen believes something needs to change, primarily because what people want — free content, free services, and free control of data — isn't viable. 
 
Do you agree or disagree with Keen? Do we all suffer from "digital vertigo"?


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Christine Geraci is the Social Media/Promotions Specialist at MVP Health Care in Schenectady, NY. Connect with her on Twitter @christinegeraci.
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