Until a teenager can come out without being bullied or kicked out of their home, or a gay employee need not fear being exposed by co-workers, online privacy, confidentiality and security issues will require the ongoing attention of technology businesses and policy makers alike.
The emergence of tracking technology fits with Google chairman Eric Schmidt's view on privacy: "If you have something that you don't want anyone to know, maybe you shouldn't be doing it in the first place." Unfortunately, this is not just the attitude of corporate benefactors, but government officials as well.
Some things will not change no matter what generation we are in, and that is the concern for the safety of our children. Stranger danger and predators are always a major fear, whether online or off.
Whether the voices of the people on it are driving administration policy remains up for the debate. What can't be said now is that they're not paying attention to the issues raised. We, the People, should be heard. Now there are new ways to you raise your voice.
Dictators, mired in more technologically primitive societies, didn't develop the fearsome new implements of control of the National Security State. Google and other leaders in this field of massively mined and shared information did.
Most of the news reports kept saying that Snapchat was all about teens sexting. But none of my friends used it for that. Photo Credit: Ike Sriskanda...
We are living in an era where Facebook's Graph Search gives strangers greater access than ever to our "private" data and Google arbitrarily steals our passwords and emails. Did our forefathers misunderstand the demand for privacy as an inalienable right for law-abiding citizens in democracy?
Just before Tax Day, a Freedom of Information Act request by the ACLU revealed that the Internal Revenue Service claimed the authority to read emails, instant messages, and text messages -- all without a warrant.
What you post/text/Tweet matters. You should assume what you do in public is going to be recorded. Educate your kids on these consequences...some of which may be life-changing, in addition to embarrassing or even illegal.
Parents need a cursory understanding of the complex, virtual world in which we live in order to provide guidance. Don't let a stranger educate your child the hard way about such technologies.
While we live in an era of skepticism about government and its institutions, it is important to note the important work undertaken by the Federal Trade Commission, an underappreciated regulatory body that safeguards both competition and consumers.
I want the critical messages to get through without having to set-up exceptions and hide all my toys. If the house is on fire or North Korea does something naughty, I want to know about it.
Concerns regarding real-time government surveillance are deep-seated and expansive. And yet, there is another side to this story
Social media has created opportunities for us to be brag about the great-yet-totally-unimportant events of our lives to people that we don't truly care about in the first place.
As people continue to share increasingly personal information online, it's easy to miss the dangers presented by sharing information with many websites they visit.
As judges and lawmakers struggle to determine how rights guaranteed in the 18th century apply to the 21st, they should recognize the vast quantity of personal information stored on our gadgets is worthy of protection from suspicionless government searches.