Yeah, privacy is pretty much dead. I know that sounds depressing, but I think it is the new reality. Hopefully I am wrong, I know that people get mad at me, but I am afraid it is the reality. Unless you plan to cut yourself off from the communication revolution that is taking place around us right now, then you stand very little chance of staying private. The assignments and resources below will help you to understand why the current business model of the Internet and the pace of change that is taking place, create an exchange process. Thanks to scale, it is easy and cheap to collect a LOT of information about people. From there, that information can be sold to various groups, companies, organizations, governments, neighbors, employers, etc. As we talked about in the Big Data lesson, this information is then analyzed for patterns and predictions can be made about the habits of individuals, groups, etc.
- Build a list of how you use the Internet and what areas you expect to be private. While it is tempting to say “all of them” please be specific.
- Add to this list (Google Doc) of areas of expected privacy. Let’s build a huge list together!
- Watch and/or listen to one of the videos or podcasts below about privacy. They are all very good… and a little bit scary.
- In the comments section below, leave a brief response to this question: Where do you think the future of privacy is heading?”
- In 250 words or more, reflect on the state of privacy and the Internet. You might want to consider discussing.
- Is NOT using the Internet a choice?
- How privacy has changed today as compared to 30 years ago
- Does anonymity through obscurity (the idea that we are just one of zillions of people) actually provide privacy?
- If you have nothing to hide, why is privacy a problem?
Like perhaps you, I feel a sense of powerlessness when it comes to privacy. The future for privacy is very unclear and the forces that are and will control how are data is used are not necessarily something we can easily influence through legislation. We may be able to have some demand on corporate behavior via our consumer behavior and willingness to shift our purchasing power away from corporations we see as evil. However, this assumes we actually see what is going on. For now, I believe our best hope is to take control of our online reputation and promote a positive view of ourselves. I talk more about this in Branding Yourself and Your Digital Reputation.
What Teachers and Educators Should Know About Privacy and The Internet
The Internet has transformed the front lines of war, and it's leaving governments behind. As security analyst Rodrigo Bijou shows, modern conflict is being waged online between non-state groups, activists and private corporations, and the digital landscape is proving to be fertile ground for the recruitment and radicalization of terrorists. Meanwhile, draconian surveillance programs are ripe for exploitation. Bijou urges governments to end mass surveillance programs and shut 'backdoors' -- and he makes a bold call for individuals to step up.