The Preserve of Privacy

How I use art and design to understand, explain and improve privacy in a digital world.

We all understand privacy on a human level in our daily lives. We close doors, pull blinds, and share secrets with friends and lovers. We create safe spaces – preserves – where we can explore our creativity, our identity, and build trusting and intimate relationships. But the digital revolution has disrupted how we understand and create these preserves. We are increasingly unclear as to when and where our lives are actually private.

As a business leader and lawyer working in privacy, I struggled to convey the complexity of privacy on deeply human terms. And then I found the great power of art in this challenging field.

In this talk, we will explore how art helped me understand the social tensions at the bleeding edge of technological innovation. We will learn how art can allow complex issues to sit, awkwardly unresolved, and demand our best thinking. And we will see how I have used art to protect “preserves” for privacy – places where, in our analog or digital lives, we can find rest, repose and safety.

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About CreativeMornings PKX

CreativeMornings PKX (Portsmouth Kittery and Beyond) is a local chapter of the global breakfast lecture series for the creative community founded by Tina Roth Eisenberg (@swissmiss). We meet once a month on a Friday morning 8:30 – 10 am. Every meeting will feature a local speaker on the month’s topic and is free and open to the public – breakfast snacks & drinks to be provided.

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