The Battle for the Internet: a series and two articles
The UK newspaper The Guardian has just finished a weeklong series titled The New Cold War: The Battle for the Internet. This is a link to the archived series. The Internet is now ubiquitous and essential for all of us. But the American public’s education about important issues surrounding this indispensible tool have lagged behind our acceptance of it. We quickly and willingly brought it into our lives before we understood it. Now we’re learning more, and there’s growing concern that maybe we moved a little too fast with too little caution.
In the UK and the EU privacy issues vis-à-vis the Internet were a concern early on. Internet users in the U.S. have come to the battle far later than the rest of the world, but now that is changing. Americans consistently list privacy, specifically Internet privacy, as one of their main issues of concern in many recent polls, and now there is far more national discussion about it. But, in terms of the speed with which things happen in the digital world, Americans have come to the issue late in the game.
I’ll write more about this in the months to come, because it is a major theme element in my upcoming novels. (And more about those soon, too.)
Here are links to the last two articles in The Battle for the Internet series. “Me and my data: how much do the internet giants really know?”, and “How to Download Your Data from Google and Facebook”. Read the article and then follow through with downloading your data. It may rattle you. And it should.
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