On July 10th 2014 as told by several news site including my citing of NBC news  that Germany demanded that the top U.S. intelligence official leave immediately over spying allegations. These aren’t even our own people. What reason do we have to spy on another countries people let alone our own? What is worst is that the media has decided to look past these obvious violations of our rights in favor of most of the public and the government. This has reassured me of the need of our personal freedoms and how big
The government brainwashes their citizens to get them to be unquestioningly loyal to the party. The issue of brainwashing stands out as one of the most important topics in this book as well as one that is very relevant to today. Orwell communicates through his book that brainwashing is pervasive and destructive to our sense of reality and logic as human beings, and that it has a negative impact on the citizens subjected to it. Orwell expresses this belief especially at the end when Winston is in the ministry of love. We get to see the party’s thoughts in full detail as O’Brien explains everything to Winston and simultaneously brainwashes him.
It has now been three years since whistleblower, Edward Snowden, copied and released a large amount of classified information being withheld by the National Security Agency. Its domestic and foreign spying caused uproar in the public, private and government sectors due to the unethical practices that the NSA was found to be conducting. The American populace was particularly upset when they found out that the NSA had the capability and was actively recording a significant amount of their digital information or “metadata” like phone, SMS records, and purchases being made. The people felt like the NSA was undermining the privacy of the citizens and ultimately the freedom of the nation. The private sector was disturbed by the information released
Although internet has been a main life essential for people all around the world in all kinds of fields such as communication, business, and entertainment, it has left a very bad influence on societies most of the times especially on innocent children. Therefore, governments took some action regarding that by limiting what an individual can say, think or see. This is known as internet censorship.” The first attempt to censor the Internet occurred in 1996, when President Bill Clinton signed the Communications Decency Act. The legislation attempted to restrict obscene materials and indecent speech, but was so broad and evasive that classic works of literature, educational sites, and health and medical information were banned as well.”(Driscoll).Yes censorship can be protective and helpful, but its over protectiveness may have some disadvantages on life supplements. Internet censorship has a really big role in protecting us in our daily lives.
Some effects of fake news can even be found in our recent election back in 2016. “The flood of “fake news” this election season got support from a sophisticated Russian propaganda campaign that created and spread misleading articles online with the goal of punishing Democrat Hillary Clinton, helping Republican Donald Trump and undermining faith in American democracy, say independent researchers who tracked the operation.”(Timburg) This is an example of how people can be influenced by other countries with malicious intentions. It is still yet to be seen if the Russian propaganda campaign succeeded in its mission. But you can still see how harmful this propaganda could be to the US. Also, “while individual fake news stories may not be dangerous their potential to cause damage becomes more powerful over time and when considered in the aggregate.
Governments try each day to protect their people through legislation, but the continued advocacy on human rights makes it impossible to track what people do in the cyberspace. In the USA, the First Amendment has become an impediment to realizing a secure cyberspace free of cyberbullying. Schools have been left with the responsibility of curbing cyberbullying, but with no resources. Cyberbullying repercussions are not any different from those of traditional schoolyard bullying; depression, anger, withdrawal, and suicide occur to cyberbullying victims (Mehari & Farrell, 2016). The fact that it can be perpetrated both anonymously and virtually makes it even a bigger menace.
Monica Lewinsky said “It was the first time the traditional news was usurped by the internet for a major news story, a click that reverberated around the world.” (Lewinsky 1). Within minutes, people did not think of her as Monica Lewinsky, but as “the woman who slept with the President”, all because of social media. The internet is a powerful and dangerous place. Justine Sacco found that out the hard way, just like Monica Lewinsky. Sacco described the internet as “a mob with 140-character pitchforks” (Sacco 1) who can shut down a person’s life in seconds.
Cybercide Meet Ryan Halligan, a sweet and gentle thirteen year old who was ridiculed and humiliated by peers online. His friends spread many embarrassing rumors about him and they spread quickly, and eventually led him to suicide. Things like this happens to millions of children around the world and these kids suffer from embarrassing pictures, mean texts, and horrifying social media posts. Cyberbullying is a major online issue, so Cyberbullying is much worse than face to face bullying. First, cyberbullying is anonymous so it is much more da`maging to the victim for several reasons.
Everyday about nine people are killed and over 1000 people are injured due to texting and driving. This issue needs to be resolved quickly and as efficiently as possible. According to Barbara Ortutay in her article Texting And Driving Is An Even Bigger Problem Than Realize, “ 98 percent of motorists who own cellphones and text regularly said they were aware of the dangers, yet three-quarters of them
In addition, cyberbullying and the negative effects that it brings could lead people to commit suicide when they realize that they have been hacked and cheated especially in sensitive matters. “We also present a cyberbullying scale that has demonstrated strong initial validity and reliability in ten different surveys involving nearly 15000 students in the United States” (Patchin &Hinduja, 2015). According to the previous quotation it has been found that cyberbullying increased widely. Social media is the first to be blamed for such a major problem. This issue needs to be taken into consideration and it has to be solved as soon as possible not just because it is one of the main sources of anxiety but also it cause confusion for many people who are confined to social media
In turn, the Justice Department is receiving an “overwhelming consensus” in favor of a reporter’s privilege. They continued by saying that “Congress is currently considering such legislation to address the unique concerns raised in cases like [United States of America v. Jeffrey Alexander Sterling].” The Internet is too vast, and with a single click of a mouse, the government has access to the free flow of information. The second reason why the Sterling case might have continued without Risen’s testimony is because subpoenas are becoming less and less important. According to Lucy Dalglish, former executive director of the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press, “Instead of issuing subpoenas, prosecutors are increasingly executing search warrants or other court orders for reporters’ material or for information held by others. It is easy to retrieve- sometimes with no one’s knowledge.” (“in an age” could start a new paragraph and you can reword the quote)In an age of information, the Internet can severely impinge on the freedom of the press.
In 2013, a 12-year-old girl ended her life by jumping off of a factory after being bullied on social media for months. She was threatened with words such as “if you haven’t killed yourself yet, would you please just die,” and she had searched on the internet “how many Advil do you need to take to die.” It is at times like this that the government should monitor the conversation on social media or even personal account. When government detects an individual searching for ways of suicides through search engine, it should pay a closer attention to his/her online behavior and reach out to organizations that are capable to help him/her when sensing the urgency of actions. With government’s intervention in people’s daily speech, one might not be cyberbullied and a suicide might thus be
The article, The Things People Say, written by Elizabeth Kolbert examines the consequences of group polarization by utilizing the outbreak surrounding President Obama’s birthplace and citizenship. During the 2008 elections, the media played a huge role in spreading the concept that President Obama was not born in the United States and that the birth certificate he revealed was a fake. The author analyzes not only the falsification of the story itself, but also the larger idea regarding the internet’s interference with extremism that can cause misinformation. The tone that was used by the author proved most evident when examining this article. The author combines a serious nature with a sarcastic tone to both prove her argument and demean the underlying story.
US News reports the FISA and USA Patriot Act as a "privacy scandal" (Fox, 2013). NPR News reports the concern of "civil liberty[ies] groups" protesting the USA Patriot Act and the concern for the authorities to demand business records from various companies (Johnson, 2011, p.1). What the media fails to convey to the general public is the intent of these Acts is to combat terrorism and not to invade privacy. Millions of people travel the world every day snapping photos from their digital cameras and iPhones. Perhaps to capture a memory or an unusual event, and sometimes other people in the background.
Police Departments all over the country have created special task forces to oversee this crime. Pictures of young kids and teens are sold to pedophiles through child pornography web sites. While computers undoubtedly have simplified our lives in some respects, they have also created an avenue for widespread crime. From 2009 to 2011, there was a seventeen fold increase in computer attacks on American infrastructure. These attacks were initiated by criminal gangs, computer hackers and even foreign governments.