Going “off the grid” has become nearly impossible in the online era — where our cell phones, credit cards, social networking accounts and e-mail addresses leave constant digital clues about our physical whereabouts. One magazine recently promised to award a writer $3,000 if he could “disappear”– living one month, while evading detection by its tech-savvy readers. We hear about the results of Wired magazine’s “Vanish” contest, and explore the implications of living in world where total privacy no longer exists.


  • Nicholas Thompson Senior Editor, Wired Magazine
  • John Morris General Counsel, Director of the Internet Standards, Technology and Policy Project, Center for Democracy and Technology

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