This is a hot topic since the Cambridge Analytica scandal and people around the world are wondering if privacy is still a human right.

I was playing a PC game called, “Orwell” and it answers some difficult questions that raises from its plot and even gives you a view on how surveillance is done. In this game, you are a state operative whose job is to get information about a suspect, listen to conversations, view their emails, and read messages in order to help the police digest these data and make decisions or warrant an arrest for those suspects and even save citizens from another bomb explosion or terror act. It will compel you to conclude that surveillance IS necessary to bring justice and save lives. But, the catch is the terror suspects in the game became radical of a group that protested state surveillance and thus led to their criminal acts.

So, it brings us to the question, “Is state surveillance can be trusted?” If there are criminals who would do harm and we seek help from authorities to avoid fatalities then it is. On the other hand, if the state is oppressive, and corrupt, it is hard to imagine how surveillance from the crooked can help the citizens who are honest and thus result to exploitation and injustice.

Then I guess, the solution might be you.

People have the right to be free, free what they wanted to be, but not free to do anything. There are just things that we cannot and should not do, thus the ten commandments. Ten commandments are crude in a sense it’s for a time and age that don’t have privacy issues in a massive scale. Therefore, comes the New commands. In the new testament, it is written that we should mind our own business. Nobody should invade the privacy of others because we don’t want to be invaded ourselves and it’s also applicable on-line. Breaking a person’s privacy is like walking on the street naked; we don’t want others to know things we don’t want others to know. Pictures of your secret girl friend, exchanges between couples’ problems, or hiding the number of your business accounts. Sometimes, we want to keep it between ourselves, and sometimes we want to be more transparent. Social media has given us the tools that is very powerful and so can be dangerous if used unwisely.

Now, the only way to keep their business from our own business is to control ourselves. We should be careful and vigilant at all times when on-line because what is on-line is a mirror of our face.

Call to Action: Invent something that will protect us from surveillance for nefarious purposes and protect us from the avalanche of IoT (Internet of Things) devices.



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