Pending Doom In The Digital Age

By Sinclere Lee

Chattanooga (BNW) —When our story on this Earth is finally told, people in the next world will be amaze at how easy it was for us to turn over our privacy, security, hope for a better future and sanity to information technology. Now only did we turn over all that was worth living for, for the gadgets that seem to make our lives better, but we’re paying good money for our pending doom.

The iPhone 5, which is a part of the gadgetry that is making life better, surpassed the 2 million sell mark in the first 24 hours since it went on sale. It more than doubled the initial sales of last Iphone model.

Apple, the maker of the Iphone said demand for its smart-phone exceeds the initial supply, meaning that some of those who pre-ordered the device this week will not receive their order until sometime in October.

No doubt, smart-phones are one of the best pieces of gadgetry that has been developed over past fifty-years. It's incredible that a gadget, relatively small in size, can have so much power. It acts as a telephone, a mobile Internet device, a games console, plus with a number of apps, it’s a gateway to just about anything else.

The downside to smart-phones can be more damaging than good. Since most smart-phones have cameras attached, individual privacy is out the door. There are a myriad of stories where these devices have invaded privacy, from taking vulgar and unwanted pictures that can be used for blackmail are extortion to framing people with Photo Shop.

The smart-phone is a non-programmable gadget that lets us access the internet but the connect is controlled by large corporations that can regulate use. Right now every new and innovative idea can be posted on the Internet and implemented via software, no regulator or gatekeepers to keep you out. Accessing the Internet through smart-phones could change that. Regulators, in this case large corporations, could decide what information gets accessed and therefore slow the pace of innovation and human progress.

With its 24/7 connection, many users are addicted to their smart-phones. You know you are addicted when, you can't go five minutes without checking your inbox; you have more than five email accounts; you respond to messages on your Blackberry in the middle of the night; when your inbox says, "no new messages," and you hit the refresh button just to make sure. When checking your email constantly is also a way to prove you're "always on top of things," you know you got it bad!

If you think that smart-phones are usurping your privacy, the Internet has the power to do us all in! The things we do and say online leave behind trails of personal information that is there for the world to see and last as long as radiation from a exploding reactor.

With every click, we entrust our conversations, emails, photos, location information and much more to companies we may not be able to trust. Sites like Facebook, Google, Twitter and Yahoo are guardians of your private information, and will sell it in a minute to commercial advertiser.

Worse, when the government asks these companies to hand over their users' private information, Big Brother in not far behind. The future digital world that we are entering headlong will make you wish for the days of George Orwell's 1984.

As stewards of our digital lives, companies are the first line of defense when it comes to keeping private information private cannot be trusted.

As Americans we shouldn’t have to choose between new technology and keeping our information private. Protections for online privacy are justified and necessary, and the government must help draw boundaries to ensure that We The People’s privacy stays intact in the Digital Age.

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