Month: January 2017

Internet Activists Mysteriously Vanishing In Pakistan

Since the first week of 2017, “digital activists” and bloggers have been mysteriously vanishing in Pakistan. It’s been reported, four “citizen journalists”were abducted from the city of Multan, on January 1. Reports suggest that the journalists were summoned to the FIA’s(Federal Investigation Authority) office but never returned.


January 28 Is Data Privacy Day: Here’s How You Can Pay Less For More Privacy

We pay hundreds for smart phones and computers. Software is then required, for these devices to meet our individual needs. Things like anti-virus software, or word processing software, are required to complete work tasks – or keep your computer safe. We pay for this software, while giving our personal information to the developers; rarely paying attention to their privacy policies. Therefore, when you select the box labelled “I agree to the terms and policies”, you’re passively consenting to the distribution of your information, in whichever way that particular company sees fit.

Augmented Realities and The Perception of Truth

Data is collected as our devices pass through all kinds of different networks as we travel and interact in daily life. As we walk past restaurants, subway stations, schools, retail stores, libraries, you name it – data is being generated from your device whether it be a computer, phone, tablet, or car. It’s commonly known by now, that our cars are also on the internet and as we drive we are interacting with all of the other public networks around us, which generates data.

How To Stop People From Spying On You On The Internet

As described in my last article, Big Data is a rapidly growing billion-dollar industry in which it’s fundamentals include massive collection of user/consumer data for the purposes of analytics, forecasting and marketing – and more! While this can be very extremely useful in various fields – particularly the medical field – it also raises a question in regards to user/consumer privacy. Should companies be allowed to collect our data and use it to analyze our trends, interests, and frequent locations without us knowing? Does this breach our privacy in any way? Should we allow anyone to continuously make records of basically everything we do, everywhere we go and every particular activity we are engaging in without our consent to this kind of mass social experimentation.

How You’re Really Being Watched: Facebook, The Filter Bubble & Big Data

Facebook in particular has grown to be the #1 source for news for most people today. With 1.79 Billion active monthly users (as of January 2017), one can imagine the kind of power in social engineering it can have if information is being filtered from us. Newspapers show all kinds of important stories on their front covers and within, not tailored to any specific person – but showing important events in the world for anyone interested to read it and form an opinion. This makes us aware of issues outside of our daily “bubble” we live in. By enforcing the “bubble”, Facebook and Google can filter what we see and prevent us from hearing about important issues that keep us aware of the world outside.