Noah Dyer, a Phoenix Resident, Wants to Live for a Year With Zero Privacy

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Noah Dyer.
Phoenix resident Noah Dyer has an idea: Let's do without privacy.

Dyer thinks a society with no privacy might be best, and he's offering to go first, by planning to live his life without any privacy at all, with every moment being live-streamed 24 hours a day for a year.

"I'm putting this forward as an actual line of thinking that could improve society," Dyer tells New Times. "If you consider information a weapon, [big data companies and the government] vastly outgun the people."

There are plenty of privacy activists who argue for more privacy for individuals. Dyer, a professor of mobile app and game programming at the University of Advancing Technology in Tempe, thinks a complete lack of privacy would put everyone on a level playing field.

Watch Dyer's promotional video:

Yes, that means watching him go to the bathroom, or teaching his classes, or whatever else he does with his time. Although he's the only one participating in his experiment, Dyer says this is an opportunity to shine a light on a third option in the discussion on privacy in the U.S.

"It's definitely a stunt, but its also a stunt that will have the effect of furthering my thoughts about, is this possible, or is this stupid?" he says.

For his experiment, Dyer's trying to raise $300,000, mostly for eight full-time employees to document his life. Dyer says the alternative is documenting it himself, which would require him to spend a lot of his time doing that documenting instead of living his life.

Dyer's trying to raise the funds through a Kickstarter page. He says he's seen some apprehension to donate to the project because, as you can imagine, people think he's wrong.

"I feel like most people don't like the idea of the society I'm proposing," he says. "If people want to prove me wrong, then give me the bucks and prove me wrong."

If anything else, it would be the world's purest form of reality television.

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SpottedDick
SpottedDick


His manic phase will soon dissipate back into a deep depression.



SpyDroneVoyuer
SpyDroneVoyuer


America has "Zero Privacy" already.


The F.A.A. restricted airspace over cities years ago, and most of what you see flying around above are disguised polytechnic Jet, and Propeller U.A.V.'s all are equiped with high tech thermal dynamic camera's, and laser listening devices.


Americans are all being monitored 24/7 as if they are living in glass homes.


Tens of thousands of cowardly Government Voyuers are being paid huge salaries, and will recieve twenty year pensions not for being first responders or troops, but for being sick perverted peeping trash that are violating the U.S. Constitution, and the very "Freedom" that our Fallen Heroes fought, and died to protect.


Our Founding Fathers would have lined up every peeping Cowering peice of garbage in these un-patriotic, and un-constitutional spying programs in our "Homeland" in front of a firing squad.


At least eight Government Agencies in Arizona are using this out of control Communist U.A.V. spying over us now.


To: Liberty.

nopanhandling
nopanhandling

this begging for money is an unseemly practice.

Gary Rorrer
Gary Rorrer

Don't we all live like that? This is news wirthy?

ExpertShot
ExpertShot topcommenter

A Truman Show redo?  How original.

BTW - If anyone thinks anything they do online is "private" - they're nuts.  There is no guarantee of privacy online, especially not from the government.  Remember, this medium is one which was created and is maintained by the government. 

wtf...
wtf...

 i'd watch if you bring any girls to your apartment and stream the fun part, but I doubt he would find a date. so no thanks.


idontcareaboutnoah
idontcareaboutnoah

this guy's going to get total privacy from me whether he wants it or not.

eric.nelson745
eric.nelson745 topcommenter

I would watch him while he's relieving tension. But while he's indulging in self-abuse and doing his ablutions, I expect those necessary functions will be done in private. Apart from that single fun part, there won't be much worth watching. It won't exactly be like the Truman Show.

SpottedDick
SpottedDick

300 million Americans live every year without privacy.


noahepicfail
noahepicfail

@SpottedDick he dies a little bit every time he goes to kickstarter and sees the $152 total. at first, he couldn't understand why people were not getting behind his great idea, but after a while it became apparent to noah that his ideas and the premises supporting them are just really, really dumb and nobody wants to play with him.

noahdyer
noahdyer

@SpyDroneVoyuer This isn't something I know about.  Wouldn't surprise me if it was true or not.  Certainly there are some people who one would think are knowledgeable who say it's true.

bunnywhiteboots
bunnywhiteboots

@SpyDroneVoyuer Goddamnit! They're probably zooming in on my ass while I garden! Thanks for this information. You know what I'm going to do? Throughout the day, while I'm weeding or watering or some such shit, I'm going to randomly stop what I'm doing and look up and shake my fist at the sky. Those spy planes fly pretty high and they're probably hard to see sometimes, so I'm just going to do it randomly, whenever I think of it. Nevermind what my neighbors think when they see me during my protests... they could be working for the spy programs for all I know.

noahdyer
noahdyer

@nopanhandling No one's begging.  It's asking people to support something they find interesting...

noahdyer
noahdyer

@ExpertShot  Agreed about your notions of online privacy.  I don't think it's only our online behaviors that are monitored.


I didn't claim it was original, but to my knowledge it's never been done before.

justnotsure
justnotsure

@wtf... I don't know about the girl part, his beard is suggesting gay to me. I couldn't bear to watch the video, so I don't know about his voice or mannerisms, I'm going strictly based on the photo. He would fit right in sashaying down santa monica boulevard in west hollywood.

noahdyer
noahdyer

@wtf... Who said anything about dating?  But I think I'll find someone to have sex with.

noahdyer
noahdyer

@idontcareaboutnoah That's actually part of my premise.  Many of the things that we consider private, other people don't want to see either, or will choose not to see out of courtesy.  And in a world without privacy, those who chose to be discourteous would be on the record.

noahdyer
noahdyer

@eric.nelson745 Not sure I follow your "done in private" comment.  If you're suggesting that part of the stream would be censored, I can assure you that it won't be.  


I agree that there isn't necessarily much different from my life than the average life, which is part of the reason I'm a good candidate for the experiment.

noahdyer
noahdyer

@SpottedDick Exactly.  If information is strength, the strong are getting relatively stronger (government and corporations).  I'm proposing to make the weak as strong as the strongest.  

ExpertShot
ExpertShot topcommenter

@noahdyer @ExpertShot Check out the Phoenix Zoo - lots of examples of our animal cousins getting the 24-7 exposure treatment.  Hey, maybe that might be a good idea, train a couple of chimpanzes to act as zookeeper for humans.


noahdyer
noahdyer

@justnotsure @wtf... I've often been mistaken for a homosexual.  I take it as a complement, it means I'm handsome, funny, and well dressed.

wtf...
wtf...

@noahdyer @wtf...  "But I think I'll find someone to have sex with"

good luck bra, but I doubt you'll be that lucky to find a girl that wants in your "15 min fame experiment"

eric.nelson745
eric.nelson745 topcommenter

@noahdyer @eric.nelson745 In private = pixilated or obscured by some other means. Now may I suggest that you shave off the beard? You'd look much younger.

valleynative
valleynative topcommenter

@noahdyer @SpottedDick 

No, you're really not.  No government or corporation invades your privacy in the way that you're choosing to expose yourself.  If you really wanted to eliminate your privacy in a meaningful way, you'd be posting your credit card numbers and banking passwords.


noahdyer
noahdyer

@wtf... You don't think there are women who would trade sex for fame?

noahdyer
noahdyer

@eric.nelson745 @noahdyer Check out my kickstarter update from last night, I shaved.

My promise is no pixelating or otherwise editing the feed, especially not as it relates to my own habits.

noahdyer
noahdyer

@valleynative @noahdyer @SpottedDick I will be posting my financial information.

I disagree with you about the degree to which government and corporations invade our privacy, but any appeal to documentation on the matter would certainly come out in your favor.

wtf...
wtf...

@noahdyer @wtf... oh I believe there are plenty that would do it... but they will do it in private!

eric.nelson745
eric.nelson745 topcommenter

@noahdyer @eric.nelson745 Hmmm. Seriously, what put this idea in your head? Are you expecting the project to make you rich and famous? Perhaps a book deal and a movie?

noahdyer
noahdyer

@eric.nelson745 None of the above.  I'm expecting it to further my thoughts about a society that I believe would have a competitive advantage over other societies.

noahdyer
noahdyer

@valleynative @noahdyer @SpottedDick I'm not saying that the government or corporations are paying people to constantly look at you through your webcam.  I'm saying this. 1) They can. 2) It has probably been done without what the American public would consider due process.

wtf...
wtf...

@noahdyer @wtf... Kim was already "famous", are you saying that any chick that has sex with you will be famous automatically?...GTFO man 

valleynative
valleynative topcommenter

@noahdyer 

So you're assuming that I allow a webcam to see anything I consider private.   I agree that nearly all of our loss of privacy has come from people doing foolish things to give others access to their information, but the solution isn't to give up your privacy, but to educate people about the value of privacy.

noahdyer
noahdyer

@wtf... I think maybe we're both getting a little away from our premise.  You don't think I'll have sex.  I think I might, but am not super confident about it.

The rest was mostly word play.  You said no one would participate in my 15 min of "fame" experiment.  I'm just saying that there are women who, if they thought it would make them famous, would do it for that reason, having nothing to do with me.  Not suggesting that it actually would make them famous.

noahdyer
noahdyer

@valleynative @noahdyer I'm not talking about your "privates" if that's what you're referring to.  I'm talking about the ability to see into your home through your webcam.  Maybe you have the meticulous habit of covering your webcam when not in use, or pointing it exclusively at curtains, but not everyone has the same habits.  And according to "mass" understanding of government and corporate behaviors, they shouldn't need to do those things.  But I think the "mass" understanding underestimates how invasive the government and corporations are.

A few years ago, might you have been guilty of saying something like, "Oh, do you really think the government stores every American's calls in a database!? Get over yourself!  The government doesn't want to hear you complain to your mom about how horrible your life is."?

Turns out...

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