Internet Privacy and Security Risks
The internet and social media have provided unimaginable convenience, however, the price may be privacy and democracy. One of the leaders in bringing this issue forward is Roger McNamee, who discusses the history of Silicon Valley in his new book “Zucked: Waking Up to the Facebook Catastrophe”. He describes how the development of this technological wonderland appears to be taking us down a rabbit hole that keeps us addicted, distracted and exposed to threats of privacy and democracy.
In an Oct 23, 2019 interview on Democracy Now, he highlights the downsides to Big Tech that were not foreseen.
Zucked: Early Facebook Investor Roger McNamee on How the Company Became a Threat to Democracy.
Roger McNamee on Democracy Now.
The European Union General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)
The European Union GDPR is the most comprehensive data protection regulation in the world. This was approved by the European Parliament April 2016.
Its objectives are to
- Harmonize data privacy laws across Europe,
- Protect and empower all EU citizens data privacy
- Reshape the way organizations across the region approach data privacy
The United States has no such regulation.