To read Baran’s essay (just one of the many on utility computing published at the time) is to realize that our contemporary privacy problem is not contemporary. It’s not just a consequence of Mark Zuckerberg’s selling his soul and our profiles to the NSA. The problem was recognized early on, and little was done about it.
The long and somewhat scholarly linked article addresses data privacy from a much more global perspective than we usually encounter in dentistry. As professionals we do have an obligation to keep our patient’s data confidential. Can we trust the cloud?
The NSA snooping leaks and the admission of IRS abuse for political reasons put the integrity of the whole system in jeopardy.