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Privacy in the Age of the New Intimacy

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"Arguing that you don't care about the right to privacy because you have nothing to hide is no different than saying you don't care about free speech because you have nothing to say"

Edward Snowden

Privacy in the Age of the New Intimacy

In today’s society a person’s data are increasingly considered a value in people’s lives. They are a tool of trading with powerful platforms. Governments are increasingly aware of this and aim for a policy that focusses on transparency over these data, guarding basic values of common good. Considering privacy as a common good requires a shift in the way society approaches the subject.

Privacy is a fundamental societal value that needs to be considered a public good, like for instance drinking water is. The public debate and legislation should not only be about protecting individuals but especially about how to defend this essential public good, which we cannot do without and the quality of which must be guaranteed.

Designers dealing with the issue of privacy underline this importance, but also show the complex nature of the subject. I’s not merely a question of wrong or right, good and bad. It’s a subject of rapidly advancing technology that could and should benefit all, not just the few.

This virtual exhibition showcases various ideas, speculations and designs for todays’ and tomorrows’ society. Eleven projects by contemporary designers explore the complexity of Privacy.


Dutch Design Foundation

Dutch Design Foundation (DDF) is optimistic and believes in the problem-solving abilities of designers to advane the world. Which is why DDF offers designers opportunities, support, publicity and a platform. DDF organizes Dutch Design Week and Dutch Design Awards, but is active far beyond the Netherlands. Throughout the year, we host debates, lectures, exhibitions and meet-ups. Putting the best and most promising designers in the spotlights, and introducing their ideas and designs to the world.