Lawrence Lessig: Internet Privacy Is an Oxymoron [VIDEO]


Lawrence Lessig called Internet privacy an "oxymoron" in a backstage interview during this year's Mashable Connect, held in Orlando, Florida. Lessig added that the solution lies in building what he called an "identity layer" into the Internet.

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"In this world, [Internet privacy] is an oxymoron," said Lessig. "But, if we could build an identity layer into the Internet, we could actually recreate the idea of Internet privacy, so there would be both more privacy and more security."

However, he said that's unlikely to happen because Internet privacy advocates and security experts are generally unwilling to engage with one another on the issue to get the idea off the drawing board.

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"The problem is the extremists in this debate, both the privacy extremists and the government security people, aren't even willing to even engage to have the conversation necessary to give us both," he said.

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This story originally published on Mashable here.

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