Ford Foundation Report, Winter 2003

Ford Foundation Report, Winter 2003

While advanced technologies from computers to video cameras promise to spread knowledge and expose wrongdoing, they also pose powerful threats to individual privacy. Just published, the winter 2003 issue of the Ford Foundation Report examines the role of new technologies and their implications for democracy and freedom. The cover story, "New Channels," by Suzanne Charlé, discusses the digital technology that will merge the Internet with broadcasting and how that marriage will serve public and commercial interests. In "Public Eyes, Private Eyes," Cynthia L. Cooper talks to Mark Rotenberg, executive director of the Electronic Privacy Information Center, about how some public and private institutions are eroding privacy through their use of new audio, video, and computer devices. Finally, Dana Hughes' article "Seeing is Believing" profiles WITNESS, a nonprofit that encourages greater use of amateur video to expose human rights abuses and monitor official conduct.