Posts Tagged ‘ privacy ’

Losing Control

Recently I have been seeing a lot of news blurbs about the changing nature of the internet.

I read things that talk about growing global internet governance where ICANN Takes First Step to Becoming a Global Content Regulator . This international body will have the power to decide which newly created global Top Level Domains (gTLDs) – domain names being represented as .edu, .gov, .org, etc. – will be appropriate for use. The domain names themselves are subject to scrutinization as stated:

must not be contrary to generally accepted legal norms relating to morality and public order that are recognized under international principles of law

Or coming accross reports that companies we trust to keep our personal data private and secure turning over to the next company like Google being Told to Turn Over User Data of YouTube, relinquishing millions of subscribers viewing records…which I didn’t know they kept records of that in the first place.

Or finding out that social networking site Facebook is able to track the buying habits of its users on affiliated third-party sites even when they are logged out of their account (via /.)

There is also debate on whether the Internet is Bad For Science. In the class I just completed -Libraries, Information and Society – this was a major issue. Some professionals believe that having academic journals available via open source publishing or articles availbe through databases online would decrease their credibility or their chance at having their work peer reviewed…if their idea isn’t stolen first. Having so much information at your fingertips as a researcher can as easily hinder or help your work.

Beyond this quick snap at recent dialogue, how else has the way we share, find, create information been affected? There seems to be a certain push in requiring some kind of control either through policy, access restriction, or filtering content. This may not be good for the democratic nature of the Internet.

I would rather see more tools being developed and implemented that would allow and empower the users in how they choose the use the resources available through the Internet. As we have the freedom to hold our own perceptions of the world, we should also be able to shape our own individual experience through our intellectualy shared resource.

Piracy, Privacy and Security

Is there a equilibrium I can reach on my positions on each?

These three topics seem to be the most important memes in our digital lives. Reading Cory Doctorow’s book “Little Brother” has put me in a peculiar state of mind. How much do I care about my rights pertaining to each of these topics?

I feel I have the right to either uphold laws/policies that are in place if I agree with them, and I reserve the right to ignore these laws/policies if I do not agree with them with each decision or infraction, bearing their own consequences.

I feel I have a right to make whatever I produce or own, to be private and accessible only to me, or I may relinquish my hold on it and publish and distribute what is mine how I see fit, bearing whatever consequences.

I feel I have a right to seek and obtain a way of securing what is mine from any outside party barring any access that I have not granted, bearing whatever consequences.

The common idea here to me is plain. I have the right to do ‘something’…that right should not and I don’t think is possible to take away. I can only fool myself into thinking that I have relinquished my right to do ‘anything’ to another party.

I think we can live in a world and under a government that we give up some of our ‘freedoms’ for, but that it should be transparent and the laws non-binding, if they conflict with any innate freedom (which is pretty much any action you yourself are responsible for). I think dealing with infranctions to freedom, privacy or security should be conducted on a case by case basis.