I’ve been thinking a lot about this week’s post. Too much, I’d say. I tried to Google resources, tried to find relevant blogs, journals, archives, read and re-read the guidelines to the post – nothing helped, I was literally stuck. And then I’ve noticed something to what I wasn’t paying enough attention earlier.
Database. What do we know about it? Right. Usually it’s just a huge amount of information gathered in one place. Would any of you like to reveal your name in a database? Unlikely (even if yes, you would never admit that to anybody, would you?). Knowing that you are somebody’s data makes you feel watched, unprotected and vulnerable. However, there is a massive database, that most of us are quite excited to put ouselves in. And I’m pretty sure it is now opened on your laptop/smartphone, while you’re reading this text. Yes, the mighty Facebook.
Today Facebook knows everything. Where are you, with whom are you, what are you doing, watching, eating. Where do you work, who is your ex, when did your first goldfish die. We used to be so excited about the fact that we can share anything with anyone now, that we can’t protect our own privacy anymore. And this article by The Guardian journalist Nicole Kobie raises the problem. The basic theory of the article is that free online services are not that free at the end of the day, and your freedom online costs much more than all of your bills together – your privacy. And it’s not only about us, it is also about children, who literally were born to the Internet and, according to the article, will learn how to accept a lack of privacy as normal.
Even though the source I’ve chosen isn’t academic, I reckon it might be quite useful and can help you think more about network and privacy, or even reconsider your attitude to it. Do we really trade our privacy for the virtual freedom?