What’s Public? What’s Private?

Andy Carvin blogs about an interesting episode last week: Some of NPR’s digital media guys had a little run-in with Union Station security while testing a bit of new technology (and Twittered about it):

    About halfway into the panorama, a security guard approached us and asked if we were taking pictures. We said yes, we were, to which she responded “okay” and left. She expressed no concern about our activities and didn’t communicate anything with us otherwise. …

    Then the security guard returned. She informed us that we would have to cease taking pictures immediately and leave. I asked what the problem was, and she said that this is a private space, and we didn’t have permission from management to take pictures. I told her that we were testing equipment for potential use by NPR, showed them our press passes, and noted there were plenty of other people walking around with cameras. She seemed sympathetic to our position, but said she was relaying orders she’d received from someone higher up.

Read the whole thing. It raises interesting questions about what’s a public/private space…