Friday, 20 March 2009
Freedom & Privacy...
Today's news has thrown up two stories that I want to use to illustrate the duality of the Internet for freedom and privacy. On the one hand there was the story about how the blogosphere and similar Internet tools are giving some people a voice when previously they were suppressed (in this case about Egyptian women having freedoms otherwise denied to them in the real world). This type of story crops up more and more and will continue to do so in the future.
The second story was the one about complaints to Google about the privacy invasions a few people have felt in the UK now that street level photographs have been enabled for this country. The same story did of course come up before when Google switched on street level photography for other countries.
People simply haven't got used to the trade-offs associated with Internet technology yet. It will take time. The benefits will outweigh what is given up but it will be a while before many people realise. The world has been revolutionised by the Net; some people simply haven't caught up with it yet! People are generally happier with evolution!