Is the government’s access to our online content that harmful?

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One topic I found particularly interesting was brought up during a presentation I was a part of. We discussed the topic of how safe people thought their personal details were online. When discussing the fact that government has access to what we post and what we choose to hide from public viewing, the debate of whether the government having full access to our online activity can be considered as an act of terrorism.

terrorism – noun:
the unofficial or unauthorized use of violence and intimidation in the pursuit of political aims.

Going by the official definition of the word terrorism, the government’s ability to view our online content is not terrorism but in certain situations it may be seen as such. For example, the government being able to view content without consent could be seen as unfair and if used against us, a form of intimidation.

The way in which this argument can connect the topics discussed in this module is through the way that the government uses their intelligence in order to change things. Doug has mentioned in a few seminars that we, as University students, are now in the top percent of people with access to such a large amount of information. We have so many options with what to do with this information. The way in which this connects to the government being able to access our online information is the fact that they will be able to do so many things with our information, and act upon some of the ways.

Throughout this module we’ve delved into deeper social issues and somehow have always come back to the use of the internet. As a seminar group we’ve discussed how copyright laws, personal identity, and convergence has all been affected by the use of the internet.

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2 Comments

  1. It is an extremely important point about the government having access to out information and how people see that. I can see why people would call that “terrorism” and i can also see why people would be happy to give them this info because they’re told about the dangers of not giving this info up etc. I personally feel the government is hiding a lot of things from us and have a way of almost controlling us and what we do, i feel that they are on top of information but there a lot of information that we aren’t being told. Many people may use the excuse of conspiracy theories when this kind of stuff is brought up but it all depends on the way you see it. Great post 🙂

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  2. I am really concerned about the fact that government anf third parties can get access to our privay and personal data, even though we tried to protect it, they can always find a way. It is really annoying to me knowing your life is shared, stored, tracked and known by a group of control freaks who secretly stalk you, like placing a camera in your own bedroom. But some people feel fine with it, if you’re not doing anything wrong, you have nothing to hide. But however, to me, it is still unacceptable when you know you no longer have much freedom and have to limit yourself.

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