Privacy and Security

I think that the internet is something that a lot of us take for granted. We never really question the information we are putting out there and think of it as something that is pretty safe in terms of privacy and security. Eli Pariser’s lecture on filter bubbles was something that I had heard about here and there but never really paid attention to it. I agree with him that it is our responsibility to change this. It should be our choice to determine what is or isn’t filtered out of our searches and that it is also important for us to be shown not just what is comfortable but also things that challenge us, are important, and shown other points of views as well. It is not fair that the internet is showing us what it thinks we want to see, when in reality it really has no idea.

Hasan Elahi has a unique take on the internet and a refreshing sense of humor when it comes to being cautious about what you post on the internet since all we ever seem to see on the news and read in newspapers is about how dangerous it is to post too much information. At first I was a little skeptical about his solution, but after more of an explanation it all made sense. Instead of getting angry about being questioned so often by the FBI, he took it with a grain of salt and a sense of humor. Most people would be apprehensive to post this much information about their transactions and whereabouts, but he saw it as safe because he had control over it. He saw it as creating his own archives and still felt he had enough privacy and was still a very anonymous person. Some lessons that we can draw from Elahi’s experience is that the amount of privacy and security that one feels safe with is different for every person. As long as you feel you have control over the situation and the information out there, you are safe.

The news clip about facebook leading to robbery is something we often see in order to scare us into being more private and careful online. In terms of facebook, twitter, and other social media sites that are similar to these, I feel it is just a matter of being smart and limiting others’ access to your page. The privacy settings are there, they just need to be used correctly.

Overall the internet is something that should be available for everyone to use and for them to be able to use freely and openly as they please. Information and accessibility to this information should be the same for everyone and I feel that it is important for us as individuals to have a say in what information gets weeded out in terms of browsing. In a professional sense and as an educator it is important to represent your establishment in a positive way and be professional in all settings including your social media sites if people other than close friends and family can access them.

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One thought on “Privacy and Security

  1. I agree with you that we should have the choice as to whether information gets weeded out of our internet searches and feeds. When we are only given the information that someone else thinks we want to see, we miss out on opportunities to learn about new things and grow as individuals.

    I also agree with your point about keeping your information on Facebook and other websites private. So many people get worked up about websites like these being unsafe, but we have the power over what information is or is not shared. As long as you set your privacy so that only friends can view things and you only add people you know and trust as friends, there is little risk of negative consequences. If even that level of privacy is scary, just don’t post anything you consider private. Don’t post phone numbers, addresses, schedules, etc. These websites are built in a way in which people can be as open or private as they please, it is just a matter of choosing your preferences.

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