The discussion on the recent Software Testing episode about Google Glass's applications being restricted has gotten me thinking a bit about privacy and the availability of information now and in the future. Recent reports on government surveillance bills and demanding records from cell phone companies led to further speculation. I'd like to get a sounding from this forum and especially Rym and Scott on some of this.
The position of the GeekNights hosts has been pretty consistent: information is public, privacy is going away, there is no stopping it so get used to it. I'm curious to get a few more details here. If you are ok with constant video surveillance from everyone with Google Glass, are you also ok with government monitoring of email, cell phone calls, warrantless wiretaps and the like? Is it simply a matter of inevitability, or is there some philosophical reason why this sort of thing is ok? If this is not ok, then why is it ok that privacy in general is going the way of the dodo?