Transparency for Who?
Consumers seem to be transparent as big organizations become opaque
Transparency seems to be the new buzzword for governments and corporations alike. But who’s really becoming more transparent at the end of the day? Are they… or are we? Privacy is continually being eroded at legal levels all around the world. Governments can blame terrorism and the need for national security, but very few people actually know what’s going on within their own borders. Citizens are held accountable while representatives and corporations run amok. It seems to even use technology, our big brothers demand to know every bit and byte that passes through. But when they mess up and leave our private parts out in the open for the world to see, we have to clean it up ourselves.
Almost all internet services are owned by governments or corporations. Compounding this problem is the fact that many internet services receive millions if not billions of dollars from the government to subsidize operations. This creates a two-way street between internet service providers and governments. People like us have no real choice but to use the street and pay a lot of money while doing so. But unlike physical streets, where we have physical police and at least a bare idea of security, the internet highway is woefully underserved by criminal justice agencies. Does your local police department investigate cybercrimes? How many cybercrime cases at the state-level got a proper resolution in 2018? We hear big numbers all the time about drug busts – but never a peep about the billion-dollar identity theft criminal underworld that steals money like there’s no tomorrow.
If your house gets robbed, you call the police. But if your network is hacked and thousands of dollars disappear, then that’s your problem. The best thing we can do in order to stop cybercrime is to prevent it from happening in the first place. Until institutions actually take steps to protect us, we have to take on the initiative ourselves. The first thing we can do is remove our personal information from the internet. Deleting old social media accounts, erasing email accounts, and cleaning up old files from our computers is the least we can do. Before discarding old computers, take out the hard drive and dismantle it. You can either take the time and do it now, or deal with the repercussions of identity theft later on. If time is money, then identity theft takes a whole lot of both away from victims.