This is the class blog for Eng 1102 at GA Tech called "Fiction, Human Rights, and Social Responsibility." The purpose of this blog is to extend our discussion beyond the classroom and to become aware of human rights issues that exist in the world today and how technology has played a role in either solving or aggravating them. Blogs will be a paragraph long (250 words) and students will contribute once every three weeks according to class number. Entries must be posted by Friday midnight.
All this news about our personal life going on the “cloud”
gets me worried. Are we making our private lives public or are we being made to
make it public?
That’s a tough question. On one hand, we have our social
networking websites, where we intentionally upload every moment of our lives
online; pictures, status updates, videos. We want people to know about us.
Deeper analysis shows that stalkers, who we’re not aware of, can dig deep into
our personal life. On the other hand, we have software such as Siri that record
what we say, whether we like it or not. There are also various reports on governments
using spying devices in people’s phones that tap into their conversations. Who
is to be blamed for this? Our technology or our government? Or ourselves? Or is
anyone to be blamed at all?
These cloud services come with advantages and disadvantages.
They help us communicate better. Today, we are easily able to find anything
over the internet, we are able to locate people easily and we can keep in touch
with everyone, everywhere at once. Another significant advantage is the
security that all this provides. Every action of an individual can be tracked
and hence this can be used to provide security to not only keep people from
harm but also convict the guilty. But moving over to the disadvantages, do people
really want their government to know about every breathe they take? Another
critical issue concerning technology is cybercrime, what if our information
ends up in the wrong hands?
All these questions leave us in doubt of whether this rapid
technology growth is a boon or a bane.