With the latest insights into American whistleblower Edward Snowden from WIRED’s exclusive interview and photo shoot, more love and hate continues to pour from the people of the world, yet the fact of the forever changed cyber world cannot be understated.
The Internet and the cyber world are ever evolving, and their path has been undertaken, in part at least, from Ed Snowden’s revelations.
In the United States, in particular, many citizens are faced with a dilemma: did the member of America’s most secretive security organization just hurt us, the people, by exposing things that are necessary to make us safe; or did this whistleblower just expose myriad human rights, digital rights and acts violations that their coming to light has made the world and all of its people, including US citizens far safer.
I may not be the one to answer this, but I am going to do the best I can to raise the debate.
Internet security companies, anti-virus software outfits (AVIRA is one Tom's Guides Top Free Antivirus for Mac and AVAST is a great, free program for personal use on PC and Mac), and media forces like Google and Facebook have never been so busy adding security.
As an author for various news outlets, my experience largely stems from writing my entire life and nothing more. I have borne witness to many extraordinary things in my short life and numerous terrible things as well.
For my newest fiction novel, Cyberwar, I have undertaken years of research into cyber security, political demonstrations across the world, cyber warfare, hactivism (involving hackers and associations like Anonymous), and emerging technologies in the fields of robotics and virtual computing (DARPA is a large source).
Though I would admit I am by no means an authority on any of these subjects, I feel that certain research, interpretations, and perspectives of the cyber world at large can be useful to you, the reader, as you traverse the ever laden technology revolution currently shaping our earth.
And safety for yourself, whether in the public eye or online is truly of ever-increasing importance.
My immediate perspective is that the debate may go on for decades, but the Internet is a thousand times safer now than it was before Mr. Snowden went public.
This seems so strong a point that it is, for me, undeniable.
The amount of articles, books like Glenn Greenwald’s No Place to Hide: Edward Snowden, the NSA, and the U.S. Surveillance State, informationals, infographics, and videos on the subjects of encryption, cyber security – from avoiding identify theft to eliminating advertisers, organizations, and governments from stalking your every breath – and privacy has been increased exponentially.
More people are researching how to be safe in a digital world.
For anyone in the media in particular, or all the folks that are just curious about digital rights, Freedom Of The Press Foundation notes many great resources to help individuals keep their online safety and privacy, including the following guides:
Guides & Training | Start protecting your security and privacy in the age of mass surveillance with how-to guides and resources. [https://freedom.press/training/]
One basic Google Search can yield so many useful articles on how to protect one’s self from having your bank, credit card, or personal information stolen or abused:
· NSA surveillance: A guide to staying secure - The Guardian
· Internet security: 10 ways to keep your personal data safe...
· Encryption Works: How to Protect Your Privacy in the Age of ...
· How Google, Yahoo, Microsoft, and Facebook Are Creating a Safer Internet
The simple advance of bigger Yahoo-type companies to implement HTTPS security onto web access, after years of resistance, is huge as it makes viewing emails or sites for the average surfer infinitely safer.
Ed Snowden gave the push that the corporate powers needed to adhere to the public outcry for safety.
Without the whistle being blown, the cyber criminals and black hats that seize valuable information and assets to make a living (often in countries with struggling economies) could have easily ensnared millions of more people.
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