Key players in the public and private sector are now working to protect their interests in a world that is shifting from government to "Googlement"-- driven by the unprecedented ability of companies to gather, store, and evaluate vast amounts of personal data. Adding to the challenge will be unabated progress on more invasive technologies such as biometrics, household robotics, smart homes, and connected cars, coupled with widespread adoption of cloud computing.
Do you remember the first time you heard the "S" (sir) word or the "M" (ma'am) word when someone was addressing you? In the timeline of maturity this event stands stark in many people's memories. The first time I got "ma'am-ed," I actually turned around to see who the person was talking to. It certainly could not have been me!
While cybersecurity and privacy are certainly "shared challenges" as the government itself has not taken the appropriate steps to rectify its own privacy violations, the government must take leadership in creating enforceable measures for the private sector and other organizations that will prevent the casual manner in which many companies still treat data.
I have clung to the conviction that truth is often immediately furtive, but relentless and ultimately indomitable. Seekers of truth are patient of necessity, obliged to be disciples of time. So far, I have kept the faith that eventually enough data would rally us to common understanding and common cause.