Zacharias 🐝 Voulgaris

2 anni fa · 3 min. di lettura · visibility ~10 ·

chat Contatta l'autore

thumb_up Rilevante message Commentare

Privacy Matters and Why It Is Essential to Growth

Privacy Matters and Why It Is Essential to Growth

Lately there is a lot of talk about privacy but unless we explore how it relates to us and our growth, be it professional, personal, or something else, we are bound to miss the bigger picture. Privacy is not a fad, a nice-to-have, or anything that may not be relevant in the future. On the contrary, it is something essential and something that matters greatly in every one of its manifestations.


A good definition I came across about privacy is: the ability of an individual or group to seclude themselves, or information about themselves, and thereby express themselves selectively. We all have aspects of ourselves that we are better off keeping secret, not because they are malicious in any way, but because they help us preserve our dignity and express ourselves better. For example, no one in their right mind would want to dress/undress in front of strangers or go to the bathroom while everyone is watching. Same goes with some equally intimate aspects of our psyche like our fears, our dreams, and certain views we have on particular topics.


The idea of privacy being unnecessary and soon-to-be-redundant stems from its digital aspect, privacy of information in digital form, especially information that is web-friendly. Perhaps certain intimate moment elude this quagmire since no one is so vain as to put them on the web for everyone to access, but a growing number of things that were previously considered personal are now becoming public domain. Of course, the companies that so generously enable this easy sharing of information don’t do it with our best interests in mind. FB, for example, states that data uploaded on its site can be used for its own purpose (intellectual ownership), while other social media sites maintain the same stance on the matter. Certain blog sites explicitly state that you cannot publish the same article on other sites, otherwise you risk being banned. Of course there are SEO-related reasons for that (search engines don’t like it if the same exact data is available on different sites since they cannot figure out which is the original and which is the copy). Nevertheless, all this goes on to show that once our information is on the web, it is no longer ours, even if we maintain some rights over it.


Privacy is tricky though because once you open the door to the everything-should-be-public-domain concept, it’s hard to keep it ajar. Before long, the door will be completely open and any sense of personal information will be gone. Naturally, certain things may remain hidden (e.g. one’s passwords and credit card details), but the vast majority of information will be up for grabs and those grabbing it may not care much about you, though they may are very keen on what stuff they may advertise on you, for the rest of your existence. Now, how can you grow as a person if all your dirty laundry is out there, with no one bother to get to know you as a person, because they have enough information about you to think that they know all there is to know about you? In the business world sometimes a professional is reduced to his/her resume or CV, while a creative professional is just the sum of the stuff in their online portfolio. Call me old-fashioned, but I believe that this is a very shallow way for evaluating someone.


As a result, it is not far-fetched to say that without privacy it’s hard, if not impossible, to grow and evolve as an individual, whether it is professionally or personally. That’s not to say that we should abstain from sharing any information at all. After all, if we look at the definition carefully, we’ll see the word “selectively” being used. In other words, we can still share stuff but with discernment and with an objective. The latter can be the establishing of a friendship, a professional relationship, or anything else that can be considered a meaningful connection. Sharing random stuff on the SM is not connectivity, even if FB considers it as such. Sharing stuff with people you care about, in a way that is either educational or informative in a meaningful manner, is something else, since this can spark interesting conversations and be conducive to a deeper understanding of the ideas involved and of one’s own perspective.


I could go on writing about this topic since it’s something very important to me. However, I’d rather keep the rest of my views private. Should you wish to learn more about how all this applies to Informatics and Cyber-security, feel free to check my corresponding posts on my blog and the relevant videos I’ve published on Safari. Cheers!


"
thumb_up Rilevante message Commentare
Commenti
Zacharias 🐝 Voulgaris

Update: these days I'm in a privacy-centric conference in Amsterdam. It's astonishing to see the number of serious companies there exist (some more well-known than others, yet all of them equally dedicated to preserving and promoting privacy in their customers' business lives). Also, many established business people explore various processes, some high-level, others more technical, to make privacy is reality for everyone, for the years to come. So, if some amoral futurist says stuff like "privacy is a non-thing in the future" or that "privacy is thing of the past" don't pay attention to such nonsense. There are people out there putting a lot of effort (and money) in preserving and promoting privacy, if you are willing to find them...

Jerry Fletcher

Jerry Fletcher

2 anni fa #7

Zacharias, The lack of privacy is an act of piracy in today's world. The only way to remain mysterious is to lie in one of three ways, as suggested by Robert Heinlein: 1.Always tell bald-faced lies, 2. Tell only part of the truth, 3. Tell the entire truth, unconvincingly.

Zacharias 🐝 Voulgaris

#5
Indeed. The plethora of signals from a smartphone (no pun intended) is overwhelming, especially if you know how to combine the various data streams effectively. However, if there is one thing that hinders every data analytics project, it is bad data, esp. spotty data. You can't really make much out of it, even with the most advanced models. So, if you use Wi-Fi, GPS, and other privacy-violating services sparingly, it is really really hard for anyone to make something useful out of the data collected. Most likely, this data will sit on some database until someone very wisely decides that it's not worth keeping and deletes it. In the world of data analytics, just like in the world of phones, signal is king and when the noise is too much, data becomes practically useless...

Ken Boddie

Ken Boddie

2 anni fa #5

Big brother is already well aware of what we do, what we buy, where we go, how much we spend and, more and more, where we are. All we can do is make it harder for new databases to acquire our data. How hard would life really be without wifi and GPS? Perhaps we could learn again to formulate words and hold a conversation face to face without relying on (or being ambushed by) Autocorrect? Or how about if we could relearn how to read a map. Here’s a radical idea. Let’s switch off our devices for a day and go walking in the bush. You never know, we might like the privacy. 🤗

Lada 🏡 Prkic

Lada 🏡 Prkic

2 anni fa #4

Zacharias, this topic is also important to me. I'm still trying to figure out why people share every intimate detail of their private life on social media, https://www.bebee.com/producer/@lada-prkic/why-exposing-your-private-life-to-virtual-strangers I share some private stuff with people I care about on social media via personal messages. Well-written and interesting post as always.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

Zacharias \ud83d\udc1d Voulgaris- this is an interesting topic and your touched upon the issue of privacy skillfully. All I want to add is that there is a paradox. Revealing part of our private lives creates intimacy with others and yet make our privacy publicly known. Life is throwing lots of paradoxical requirements on us and finding the balance is a daunting task sometimes.

Zacharias 🐝 Voulgaris

#1
These days I'm on vacation so there is lots of free time, which I sometimes spend writing articles and stuff :-)

Pascal Derrien

Pascal Derrien

2 anni fa #1

Gosh you are on fire Mr Z 😉. In today’s world you need to be aware that you share maybe recycled or feed a targeted campaign I think there is also some accountability principles at personal level that needs tone applied for example I almost never share my exact residency location stuff about my kids etc etc

Altri articoli da Zacharias 🐝 Voulgaris

Visualizza il blog
1 settimana fa · 5 min. di lettura
Zacharias 🐝 Voulgaris

Data Management Best Practices for Modern Backend Data Security

Source: pixabay.com (after some processing work)Th ...

2 mesi fa · 1 min. di lettura
Zacharias 🐝 Voulgaris

Roofless (poem)

Source: pixabay.comSheltered by it, day after day, ...

2 mesi fa · 2 min. di lettura
Zacharias 🐝 Voulgaris

Facing the Heat (a Raspberry Pi article)

Source: pixabay.com · Lately, I've been working wi ...