Google's New Glass Credo: Don't Be Creepy

Unattributed, Around the Corner, Feb 20, 2014
Commentary by Stephen Downes

Obviously wearing a videocamera on your head everywhere you go will raise some ethical issues (when the cameras are tiny and built into real glasses or tie clips, etc., the ethical issues will be even greater). Google is responding people to follow the rule, "Don't be creepy." They write, "In places where cell phone cameras aren’t allowed, the same rules will apply to Glass. If you're asked to turn your phone off, turn Glass off as well. Breaking the rules or being rude will not get businesses excited about Glass and will ruin it for other Explorers." Maybe - but Google forgot its "Don't be evil" slogan the day after its IPO dropped, and I suspect commercial enterprise will take being creepy in stride just as easily as it takes being evil. So be warned - if you thought government NSA and CSEC-style spying is creepy, just wait for the corporate version. Via PC Magazine.

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