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October 1, 2022

 

What the Internet Really Knows About You

In the article “What the Internet Really Knows About You” by Zeynep Tufekci is about how you have to be careful what you share on the internet. Your electronic device can figure out who you are without you ever posting something. Your device can infer your political beliefs if you subscribe to a certain magazine. Not only can they tell your political beliefs but they can tell the mood you are in without you ever posting something like “I am happy”. It can tell what you like or your interests so that your feed can be more enjoyable. When you share your contact information on Facebook, Facebook shares it so you can find friends. There has been an investigation where Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile, and Sprint have been sharing your location. People can know where you are at and can question why you are at a certain place. The author suggests that there should be laws that directly regulate computational reference and that phones should be more privacy protected. 

There has been this theory that your phone can listen to what you are saying. For example say you’ve been wanting to buy a certain broom or you’ve been wanting to go to a place, in your feed there will be ads about a broom and about the certain place that you’ve been wanting to go. This has happened to me before. At first, I was a little skeptical but what if it’s just a coincidence. Do you believe that our devices listen to us? 


How has the internet changed us as a society?

There is no doubt that the internet has become a big influence in today’s world, as not only does it provide easy access to communication with almost anyone, it is also grants us the ability to find any piece of information that we choose to seek out. Things like finding out the weather for the week or finding out the name of a person from a movie have become effortless compared to just a few decades ago, as it is now accessible with the click of a button. However, there is some controversy surrounding this newfound breakthrough in technology, as though some think this is one of the greatest things to ever happen to our society, others believe it is creating a generation of lazy people who don’t need to put in any effort to seek out knowledge. So, I went and did some research to find out popular opinion regarding this subject.

The Washington Post created an article that gives 36 ways that the internet has changed us, which offer mixed opinions on the subject, On the one hand, our multitasking skills have greatly increased because of the internet, and problems such as waiting in line at stores have mostly gone away because of sites like Amazon. However, only 5% of languages have integrated themselves towards the internet, and scholars believe that the others will die out within the next 100 years. I found another article that offers a few different perspectives, the first of which suggests that our increased access to communication has caused us to treat intimacy differently. Posting on social media allows people that we don’t usually associate with to see what we do, compared to only allowing very close friends access to that information. In addition to this, another claim says that everything is crowd-based nowadays, and  that everyone has a say in what goes on.

To sum things up, whether or not the internet has affected our society in a positive or negative way comes down to personal opinion. The factors that go into this matter are very extensive, and subjective to say the least. So, I propose a question: what is your attitude towards the internet? Do you think it has harmed or helped us as a society, and in what ways? I would appreciate any feedback that people have on my question.


No Computer Privacy

Dear President,

 

Technological advances have brought some of the greatest things available to mankind, yet they have brought great loss to thousands of families all across the world. We aren’t living in a world where it would take months to schedule another 9/11, Orlando, Paris Attacks, or Belgium Bombing due to the lack of communication; no, it only takes a matter of seconds to communicate with another person half-way across the world. Recently, a man and his wife decided to attack the Inland Regional Center located in San Bernardino, California. Later during the day of investigation the police found an iPhone that belonged to the shooters and it was the FBI who really wanted bypass the lockscreen- intrigued by the idea that the device might have information leading back to ISIS.  

 

As a citizen of not just America but the modern world, computer privacy should not be a right. It is not because people do not deserve to have a sort of privacy but actually the fact that these terrorists use media to communicate with each other to bomb people and do mass shootings. For example, prior to the shooting in San Bernardino the Richard A. Serrano from Los Angeles Times stated in his article, “San Bernardino shooter Tashfeen Malik sent at least two private messages on Facebook to a small group of Pakistani friends in 2012 and 2014, pledging her support for Islamic jihad and saying she hoped to join the fight one day”- Serrano How different would life have been present day if that incident had not occurred? As crazy as it may seem maybe one of those family members did not become a doctor anymore or a lawyer or an environmentalist. Think about it for a brief second, the plausible reasons that family member could not do what they wanted to be; it comes down to a domino effect, the member could have become depressed and be deprived of motivation from their loss. Essentially the FBI can careless if you are selling weed or doing things that are not in their major interest. People may have this misconception that the FBI is going to want to know what the person is doing at 3 in the morning or who you’re doing it with.
After so many of these attacks occurring, I have began to notice things that I thought would only ever see in Mexico. Things that are meant to make you feel safe, but do the very contrary they make me feel… unsafe; having officials with assault rifles at public places does just that.  Do we live in a safe place? America claims to be the safest place, that no other country can just come attack because we will be right on them and they “will find no safe haven”.  What good does it do to protect ourselves from other countries if America cannot protect itself from its own People. Protected, America can be but it is a matter of how. I believe the FBI should have the right to monitor all the messages going around world wide from any platform. With that being said, this has been a sensitive topic for the past couple months, it is truly unfair that many of these people are dying and they have not done anything to provoke the killer.

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