Wendy Hui Kyong Chun

 

On her book Control and Freedom: Power and Paranoia in the Age of Fiber Optics

Cover Interview of March 17, 2009

Lastly

Control and Freedom: Power and Paranoia in the Age of Fiber Optics argues that we need to engage the ways in which the Internet compromises our privacy or dream of impossibly secure systems in order to understand how it can enable a freedom that cannot be controlled.  Because freedom is a fact we all share, we have decisions to make.  Freedom does not result from our decisions, it is what makes them possible.  This freedom is not inherently good, but entails a decision for good or for evil.  The gaps within technological control, the differences between technological control and its rhetorical counterpart, and technology’s constant failures mean that our control systems can never entirely make these decisions for us.

We must take seriously the vulnerability that comes with communications—not so that we simply condemn or accept all vulnerability without question—but so that we might work together to create vulnerable systems with which we can live.


© 2009 Wendy Chun