While the internet is accountable to nobody, privacy will be in crisis

The Edward Snowden documentary Citizenfour opens in UK cinemas on Friday, putting the dangers of surveillance squarely in the public eye. But Laura Poitras’ film isn’t the first time that an artist has explored the threat that technology poses to privacy. John Cheever did it, too, in 1947.Everybody knows that privacy is in trouble. We know that we are being monitored, we agree that it is disturbing – and yet we continue with our online lives regardless. Why are we so nonchalant, so blithe? Why don’t we care?

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