- The Google Glass, a unit capable of recording content and uploading it online immediately. Photo courtesy of http://canadianawareness.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/02/google-glasses.jpeg
In a world of rapidly-changing technology, the future of journalism is intriguing. Privacy laws, some of the most contentious issues in journalism today, will be even more important as modern technology evolves.
While the industry’s founding principles of information dissemination have stayed steady, the this information reaches the public has changed enormously in the last two decades. News itself has undergone a major shift— anyone with internet access can be a writer or publisher. In a sense, all people who put themselves in a public role are becoming their own media organizations.
The invention of new technologies such as Google Glass, wearable glasses with internet access and recording capability, will bring privacy issues front and centre. The device, slated to launch this year, has sparked public concerns regarding its ability for users to surreptitiously film their surroundings and post it immediately to the internet. People may not realize they are being filmed.
In a constantly changing technological landscape, the fuzzy of privacy laws in journalism remains uncertain. One thing is sure, that the journalist must, as Charlie Beckett from the London School of Economics states “prepare for permanent impermanence”.