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Privacy and Power

With the advent and then the acceleration of extra-biological power availability to humans previous privacy dynamics should be revised. The dynamic of people, institutions, and systems being able to invade the privacy of others has been, and currently is, a feature of aggregation of social power. When extra-biological power is added to that social dynamic the inequities of the fact that the functional ability to achieve privacy, prevention of unwanted intrusion across a semi-permeable boundary from the outside of that boundary, has increased with the acquisition of power. Now that extra-biological power extends far beyond the scope of the individual privacy needs to be viewed as modifiable in inverse relationship to the possession of power. We should develop systems, political, legal, social, and economic, that implement this principal. Extra-biological power exceeds the biological boundaries of a person. As extra-biological power increases it becomes less private because it extends further beyond the biological boundary of the originating source. So the limit of privacy is highest for individuals but declines with relative power, middle range and declining with power for groups, and the least privacy while declining with power for systems.

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