Research Blog #7

Source: TED Talk

Much of the issues and problems that come with privacy is national security vs privacy. How much privacy is given up for national security and how much national security is given up for privacy. A lot of journalist and bloggers have received threats from terrorist groups. When fighting terrorist groups, anti-terrorist means and measures can quickly turn into something that would be used against the people. People have the ability now a days to report extremist activity to the government and if deemed to be apart of extremist behavior could be censored on the internet. A lot of journalists have been straight slaughtered by extremist organizations and the governments of where it has taken place have done little about it. Just because terrorist, “the bad guys”, are using encryption leads these governments to try to ban it from actually happening. Many social media companies are taking down accounts related to Isis like for instance a reporter who had isis flags in pictures because he was reporting on Isis had his facebook account taken down due to the isis flags. Companies that have this power need to have more transparency. People have to hold these companies and governments accountable.

Source: The Atlantic

Since the very beginning of Facebook they were being sued on how they handle personal information that they gain. Many companies use user contributed content to grow and make money off of just like Facebook. Facebook has been known to infringe on peoples privacy with using personal data to personalize ads. However many people don’t read the terms and agreements that websites like facebook have that users agree to, to even use their site. Within many companies terms and agreements there is stuff we agree to but if we knew it was in there we would not agree to it which is why many people lose trust into companies. Mamonov mentions that we need to modify people’s behavior by exposing them to a stimuli relating to security which would provoke the user to care more about their security which would push people to make stronger passwords and better security oriented choices. People tend to create stronger passwords if it is protecting more sensitive information. When shown information about corporate hackings people would tend to give less information and they would use stronger passwords. When shown stories about government survelience people actually tended to create weaker passwords and this is because people felt helpless and did not think that a strong password would actually help them from not be surveyed.

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