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My opinion on Mass Surveillance

Opinion
9 months, 2 weeks ago

Humans tend to make themselves feel they are safe. It’s our nature. With more frequent terrorism in the last decade than ever before, our governments took steps to prevent them. US government’s solution was ‘Terrorist Surveillance Program’, a surveillance program initially created to intercept communications between the Al Qaeda, a group responsible for the 9/11 attack. They thought that if they had more data, the accident might have been stopped. Now, they have turned their attention to everyone, not just criminals. The NSA, the agency responsible in the US to conduct Mass Surveillance, had several successes on stopping the criminals. However, all the crimes stopped by the NSA were based on classic, targeted surveillance. The NSA also pushes companies in the US to hand over their user data to the government, or make a backdoor in their encryption software. This is dangerous as the security of the netizens are threatened by hackers. Mass Surveillance is supposed to make us safer. There is a term, ‘If you have done nothing to hide, you have nothing to fear”. However Mass Surveillance is being used against law-abiding citizens that support anti-government activists, journalists, etc. Are these just a plan for our government to gain more power? Spain, Hungary, and Poland have introduced laws that are anti free speech. Mass Surveillance also creates a chilling effect on societies, which leads to self-censorship. We don’t want to live in a community where we fear about what we say. Also, Mass Surveillance is also used in corporates to make filter bubbles or echo chamber. Filter bubbles are used by corporates to isolate their users in a digital community where everyone is filled with people that agrees with you. This can be achieved by corporates analyzing your activities online, and feeding the data to an algorithm that determines your opinions. Then, the corporates make money off you by showing relevant ads to you and making you stay longer online. This could prevent you from switching opinions, and cause you to get a biased opinion. Mass Surveillance is not delivering what it promised to do, and is actually endangering netizens around the world. I think it should be stopped, and governments should come up with a new solution to catch terrorists, and laws for corporates to stop filter bubbles. :grimacing:

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9 months, 2 weeks ago

Enigma

Did anyone actually read through this?


9 months, 2 weeks ago

Neb The Summoner

I did.


9 months, 2 weeks ago

Guinoala

I agree.