The wide net provides an incredible amount of services that make your life easier. Smart TVs have never made people so vulnerable when it comes to home security. When you don’t have time to go to the store, you can go on Amazon, or Ebay, Modcloth, whatever. The recent FBI and Apple ‘PR war’ over encryption on the iphone makes this a much more urgent issue than ever before. Your phone, and television set, knows so much about you, that if in fact the FBI could have a back door to your phone, no waterboarding would be done to Siri. She would just be the welcome mat to all of those weed-pics your mom almost took your iphone away for.
So why is it beginning to feel like this is politics, and not technology?
Because everyone in a first world country has advantages over the poor. Let’s say that you have a job as an online publisher. This job will allow you to work almost entirely from your phone, or television. If you have to go somewhere you have access to uber, subway routes, maps, taxis, etc… If you were living in- let’s say- San Salvador you would be putting your hand out at the mercy of whatever bus or cab wanted to stop in front of you. Technology saves us time. Time is money. Every entity in America runs on this precious time, and money. You can find a reliable resource wherever you are within minutes.
If in El Salvador iphones and smart TVs were a thing for everyone, MS-13 would have already designed their own uber-like-service for human trafficking
Does this take away from anything previously seen in politics?
Yes. This allows for voters, average people, to be informed. Therefore they make more educated decisions. More and more people are jumping on this train. Social media technology also allows for ideas to be spread like wildfire. This poses a threat to security systems that are based upon censorship. So when it comes to finding out about Isis, or other terrorist groups that might be active online, the FBI would love to have all encrypted info at hand. An informed public takes everything away from propaganda efforts.
Does this shape our society?
Maybe. The more cases like these are brought up to the public, the more we freak out over it. How do you know if your passwords are secure? What’s not to say that because you used a keyword- the government does not like- they might be able to remove it, and what’s worse, prosecute you for it? This makes all young minds more active in how they protect their online presence. The rise of online trolls might be an indication that this is the way pop-culture deals with some of the repressed ideas. For the TV show Arrow fans, Felicity Smoak has become a sensation because she represents the ultimate underdog in cyber-security problems. She is a woman with no superpowers that somehow hacks the police, fellow superheroes, and- of course- villains.
The show Mr. Robot has made an entire world in which the ones in control are also the ones that have access to information. This leaves Elliot Anderson with no other option, but to relate to people online more than in real life. The result of a life of alienation because of technology can lead to depression, and many other health problems. All millennials fear this. (If you don’t believe it, just look up depression on tumblr.com)
People like Edward Snowden have become popular figures in our society today. If cyber security was never threatened, what is to say we know our real rights within the nations that we live in? When you promise to protect a nation does this include its citizens also? or does it only include that nation’s “institutions”?
What to do about it?
Applications like Lastpass allow users to only memorize one password in order to access all accounts. This also blocks out any software that detects how things are typed and copied and pasted on the user end of things. Finding some software that serves as a vault for all of your personal information might reduce the amount of info you are putting out on the web for everyone to see. Maintaining your passwords updated every year- at least- can prevent many problems as well. This is probably because too many people have the same password for everything, so if one account is hacked, they are left with many more services vulnerable.
Are we protected at all?
There is a branch of the Army that looks into these types of issues. Army Cyber Command and Second Army directs and conducts cyberspace and information operations as authorized or directed, to ensure freedom of action in and through cyberspace, and to deny the same to U.S. adversaries.
The National Cyber Security Division (NCSD) is a division of the Office of Cyber Security & Communications, within the United States Department of Homeland Security’s Directorate for National Protection and Programs.
The Office of Cybersecurity and Communications (CS&C), within the National Protection and Programs Directorate, is responsible for enhancing the security, resilience, and reliability of the Nation’s cyber and communications infrastructure. CS&C works to prevent or minimize disruptions to critical information infrastructure in order to protect the public, the economy, and government services. CS&C leads efforts to protect the federal “.gov” domain of civilian government networks and to collaborate with the private sector—the “.com” domain—to increase the security of critical networks. In addition, the National Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center (NCCIC) serves as a 24/7 cyber monitoring, incident response, and management center and as a national point of cyber and communications incident integration.
So if you ever have any problems with you online security, those are the people to call.