Online privacy is a little like your weird Uncle Bob. He's hard to understand, and you really only miss him when he's gone. And just like Uncle Bob, online privacy can sound a little paranoid. Internet predators. Online safety. Data mining.
In the coming weeks, as we've seen every year for the past six, there will be endless reports detailing the digital dangers and identity threats lurking in every corner of our highly networked universe. But to what end?
Before new cyber attacks do untold damage to our Information Society, it is in our own best interest to educate and regulate our way to a steady state of cybersecurity where we can all enjoy the benefits of an open and secure cyberspace.
Let's just get a few things straight: Google isn't your friend just like Facebook isn't your friend. When your phone wants to sync with Facebook -- or Google -- assume they are getting something out of it, because they are. Nothing is free and your information is the currency.
For companies that can be broken if their security breaks, headlines like "Phone Hacking Scandal" should garner special attention. Herein lies an opportunity for cell carriers to pause and consider what types of security mechanisms are in place.
Many of the innovations in computing have had two sides: great promise and great danger. Today, the stakes are higher than ever -- but with a framework to guide our engagement online, the U.S. is on the right track.