Got invited to appear on HuffPo Live to discuss the arguments in my Medium post on the topic:
We ended up talking about cybersecurity regulations, which was great but I wish I’d had more time to argue against them.
But meantime a conversation on Facebook has me thinking about whether the ability to hide facts about ourselves (thoughts, behavior, feelings) from other humans is A. Necessary, in any sense and B. On-net good or bad.
The argument FOR the on-net good of the ability to hide facts about ourselves from others I find most compelling is that in a society with structural oppression the ability to hide facts about yourself is an important bullwark against oppression.
Acknowledging the merit of that argument, I still argue that the ability to hide facts about ourselves is on-net bad because
1. While hiding ourselves may help individuals avoid oppression it does less to fight systemic oppression than transparency.
2. Transparency helps fight oppression by bringing it to light.
3. I consider connecting with other humans is a higher order good than avoiding oppression.
4. Human connection is positively correlated with transparency.
But, I’m open to conflicting arguments and new information.