Cory Doctorow on Digital Natives and Privacy

Kids intuitively know what privacy is worth, but being kids, they get some of the details wrong. It takes a long time to learn how to do privacy well, because there’s a big gap between giving up your privacy and getting bitten in the butt by that disclosure. It’s like obesity, or smoking—anything where the action and consequences are widely separated is going to be something that people have a hard time learning about.

Yesterday, I wrote that it's easy "to go about our daily online lives with little or no thought to the impact of all that tapping." Today's piece is a sort of continuation of that thought.

When we talk about the web, and especially the type of web we have versus the one we want, we often discuss that web as if only adults inhabit it.

But we often forget that kids not only use the internet, but make it. And kids are prone to mistakes.

Cory Doctorow reminds us that that is indeed the case, and goes on to give a few concrete examples of how we can take control of our personal internet back.

You are Not a Digital Native: Privacy in the Age of the Internet