security and the Internet

Today’s guest speaker via Skype was Christopher Parsons, UVic PhD candidate focusing on ubiquitous digital surveillance and its accompanying privacy issues.  Have you ever done any internet surveillance on your own?  Viewing each others posts online is a form of surveillance. 

How would you feel if the police had access to everything you posted online or every email you sent?  Chris spoke about the politics of surveillance and he gave us lots to think about.  Be mindful about how you communicate.  Be careful about what you say online. It could come back to haunt you in the future.

With regards to your own internet communication, Chris says you need to consider:   “If I do these practices, here’s the possible outcomes. Am I comfortable with them? “

Think about who may be watching you the next time you participate in a demonstration and someone takes pictures and tags you when they post online.


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