The online world

Are we living in a society of surveillance due to the internet?

The internet was first used by scientists and the military, the main source for the military was surveillance. When the internet became mainstream, was it in fact just another way for society to be controlled and observed?

Growing up around the time of the social media phenomen I found myself giving private information to the internet. Facebook is a huge example for this.Facebook is a platform for connection all over the world. I first got Facebook when I was 12 years old, being a foolish youth I gave away all the sources I could be contacted by, e.g my email, my phone number, what school i went to, what town i live in etc. Therefore if anyone was to search my name on the internet they would gather all my information instantly.

We cannot delete anything that we post and therefore it can have negative effects on ourselves and our future. Even private messages on social networking are not private. (Check video link below).

Is there no privacy now because of the online world?

If we upload our lives does this mean self advertisement or invasion. Not only does the internet hold a huge amount of data of us as individuals but things like CCTV enable this invasion of our everyday lives. Is being so open helping our security or is it not allowing society to be independent and separate from this online world.

North Korea is a great example to battle this idea of an online world, Facebook has been banned and their internet is made up of around 30 websites. Ironically they have the smallest internet access in the world but they could be considered the most watched population.

As the internet progresses is privacy and surveillance a positive use or is it just a format to control the population?


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