On Privacy

Someone remarked recently that the only way to keep a secret is to keep it to yourself, meaning that the minute you say ‘something’ to another, the risk of that ‘something’ being share with others increases exponentially. Similarly, in today’s age of wide information availability, the question of ‘is privacy dead?’ is often posed because most of our digital information are either readily available or can be easily obtained. So the question then is no longer whether or not privacy is dead, rather the new question should be, ‘are we ok with the loss of privacy?’ ‘are we ok with privacy being dead?’. Responses or reflections to such questions have a significant ramifications.

On Data/Information

There has always been a lot of information and data; what is different today is that information is easier to access especially because of the ever expansive global network facilitated by the internet.We are more connected today than perhaps any time in history. Images from Gaza or Ferguson are accessible as instantly to a person in Windhoek as they to a person where they are being captured.

In one sense, this is good. It makes it difficult for the masses to say they were unaware especially of certain atrocities. On the other hand, it also gives many of us false Continue reading