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In my last blog I titled it stating that ‘Online activities would never be ethical’. This bold statement was made once discovering that our digital footprints are set in concrete, with large, unavoidable organisations such as Google bragging about the private information they can retrieve and store from us. This led me to question if there was any way to prevent the unethical behaviour that we are faced with each time we go online, or do we simply just accept that if we use the internet, we must accept the dissolvent of our privacy.
Madeleine and myself discussed numerous things such as the Justine Sacco story and the concept of ‘big-data’. I found the article which she shared very interesting, as it shed light on positive outcomes of giving out private information to the FBI – who stopped terror attacks and pharmaceutical companies – making links to find cures (Chatterjee, 2013). Despite there being positive outcomes, the online activity is still not essentially ethical as these people have not given consent for their information to be used. What monstrosity will happen when hackers get hold of this big-data for selfish reasons?
(Printscreen from theGuardian)
From Carolina’s blog, I found to a larger extent exactly how dangerous the internet can be with cookies.
We both discussed that the internet is no longer safe in terms of privacy, which made me look for alternative ways to be private online. This is where I came across the Darknet, and despite a lot of you having negative connotations associated with the Darknet, it could soon be the answer to simultaneously using the internet and having privacy.
If everyone were to download the browser Tor, we would no longer have digital footprints (Carlo, 2017). We could simply browse online without the fear factor. There would be nobody watching our every move. Nobody hacking our private information. Everyone, with privacy.
Carlo, S. (2017). Protect your privacy by moving to the dark web. [online] WIRED UK. Available at: http://www.wired.co.uk/article/privacy-move-dark-web-ip-bill [Accessed 24 Apr. 2017].
Chatterjee, P. (2013). Big data: for the greater good or an invasion of privacy? | Pratap Chatterjee. [online] the Guardian. Available at: https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2013/mar/12/big-data-greater-good-privacy-invasion [Accessed 24 Apr. 2017].
theGuardian. (2017). Hacking | Technology | The Guardian. [online] Available at: https://www.theguardian.com/technology/hacking [Accessed 24 Apr. 2017].
Winter, A. (2015). The Dark Net isn’t what you think. It’s actually key to our privacy | Alex Winter | TEDxMidAtlantic. [online] YouTube. Available at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=luvthTjC0OI [Accessed 24 Apr. 2017].