We’re Finally Starting to Understand the Importance of Our Privacy


. . . and that’s not all; lots of recent news reports are making us aware of the extent to which our online privacy is in serious jeopardy and the chances of the resulting serious repercussions.  There seems to be a widespread notion that cell phones are at the root of our current vulnerable state, but clunky old desktops bear their share of the blame too.

This month we are simply presenting a suggested reading (and viewing) list on this subject; in the midst of such a complex and rapidly-evolving issue our 2-cents’ worth would be worth just that, in comparison with the experienced and knowledgeable articles we have assembled for you.  We are technicians and not sociologists or lawyers and so we will let the experts speak for themselves.

https://www.priv.gc.ca/en/privacy-topics/technology-and-privacy/online-privacy/  The most thorough and detailed entry in this list, from the Privacy Commissioner of Canada.  Many of the sections include specific advice on protecting oneself.

https://us.norton.com/internetsecurity-privacy-why-your-online-privacy-matters.html  and also https://www.kaspersky.com/blog/privacy-ten-tips-2018/23022/ It may seem odd to include two advertisements for commercial products in this reading, but if we ignore the sales pitch and focus on the background information (which is readable and not overblown) the articles add to our understanding of the seriousness of the problem.

https://www.wired.com/story/the-next-big-privacy-hurdle-teaching-ai-to-forget/  Wired Magazine makes clear the relationship between Artificial Intelligence (very big in the news these days) and the gathering of data about us that makes experts uncomfortable.

https://www.wvxu.org/post/how-protect-your-privacy-online#stream/0  Listening to this Cincinnati Public Radio documentary is 18 minutes very well spent.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LgWrD3EJ1Do  TEDx Talk by the Chief Business and Legal Officer at Mozilla.  This video contains brief crude language, used to make an extremely serious point. It is limited to the first 120 seconds.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yG4JL0ZRmi4  Alasdair Allan is a scientist, author, hacker, and journalist.  This TEDx Talk is in a European setting, but the comprehensive list of digital threats applies to us all. For proof, watch carefully for Allan’s description of how this subject could impinge on a farmer stuck on his broken-down tractor in the middle of his field.

On the lighter side:  Rick Mercer ranted about threats to our online privacy ‘way back in 2012  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UmW1o6rzI7g


No doubt delving into the information above will lead you to even more interesting reading, listening and watching.  We would be very grateful to receive reports of more helpful articles.


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