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Privacy is (not) dead

Against this backdrop, the main contribution of Eggers’ – alongside many others’ – to the privacy debate does not reside in their having anything new to say about privacy. In fact, little is new. They are merely asking that we take pause, to linger over what it means to surrender shreds of our personal life. They ask a question with no easy answer: what is gained and what is lost? Whatever that answer may be, it is hardly time yet to ‘get over it’, as Zuckerberg would have us do. Not now, and probably not ever.