Introduction to Digital Humanities

RELI/ENGL 39, Fall 2015, University of the Pacific

Social Media’s Privacy

I enjoyed the article, Robert Hotz’s Wall Street Journal and found it interesting how it talked about, “Metadata Can Expose Person’s Identity Even Without Name.” And it begins to make me think about all the privacy terms and conditions that everyone ignores and are too lazy to read all the pages. It also raises issues for me about how safe and trusting the internet really is, because most people update their social medias to tell their friends about what is happening in their lives. But, not knowingly they are giving the entire world access to their lives and gives the world a possibility to track their location and in a way stalk them.

Also, it kinda scares me knowing that with a little data like my social media, and purchasing information, and algorithm has the possibility to figure out who I am and track my location. This reminds me about the post-9/11 age and the scare of terrorism and how we rather sacrifice our privacy in exchange for security. How the NSA was so much power to track our locations and determine who is a “threat” to society. Which at the time was understandable but today when there are not as many threats, what can stop the NSA to begin picking targets and finding simple misdemeanor a “threat” to society.

My main question would have to be, How can privacy be protected in today’s age of technology?

1 Comment

  1. It is important to think about how people have to consider privacy with today’s age of modern technology. I think it may have to do with the way folks are willing to do in joining in what others are doing recently. In the process of doing this, they often do not think twice about what kind of information they put online because they want their friends on social network to get an idea of who they truly are. This might seem scary to think about, but as long as they try to reconsider what they set up on their electronic devices, they should be okay.

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