Google Glass Doesn’t Have a Privacy Problem. You Do.


Brace yourself for more Glassholes. Beginning last week, Google started to make available a limited supply of Google Glass to anyone with $1,500 to spare. To be certain, Glass still affords—or make possible—a whole range of problematic behaviors. There are concerns about distracted driving; about people (probably men) taking photographs of other people (probably women) without consent; about Glassholes serving as foot soldiers in Google’s data-gobbling army, expanding the corporation’s ongoing assault on what we used to call “privacy.”

These are real issues, but not new ones; rather, they are the newest manifestations of much larger, long-standing problems. While Glass may make those problems more visible than they were before, hating Glass (or even Glassholes) won’t make the problems go away.

The backlash against Glass is a result of foregrounding—when a new technology makes some preexisting aspect (or aspects) of society more visible and, in so doing, is…

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