The Conflict between Privacy, Safety and our right for Freedom

This essay is very interesting as it discusses the very problem with the conflict we have today between the desire to feel safe and the risk to our personal privacy… much motivated by our fear… fueled by what we hear, what we see and what we feel. I believe that often what we do maybe influenced by what has become society norms which may not necessarily represent what really makes sense.

An example: I run in the woods each day 40 minutes, my favourite route. I am attacked. Who is at fault? Me for running in the woods or the attacker? Hence is my decision to run on the roads influenced more by 1) that other people may blame me if I am attacked, 2) or by my desire to feel safe?

If you let your children walk by themselves to school, are you more concerned by 1) what could happen to them, 2) or, that you will be blamed if something does happen? Do you think for a moment about their right to walk to school?

Let us jump 20 years into the future and a time when it is becoming the norm to carry a ‘life recorder’ on us…… what is a life recorder? Something we may need to have on us all the time —- in case we need an alibi.

Pushchairs optimised for running

And you maybe wondering what this has to do with information security… absolutely nothing. I just had to share this with my blog readers -particularly the ladies, and guys that feel that they just don’t get the equality they deserve when it comes to fatherhood.

This morning I received the latest edition of Runners World in Sweden. They had a full 3 page review article on pushchairs that have been optimised for those of us that enjoy running… and all of the pictures had proud fathers that had tested these pushchairs — or are they called ‘strollers’ in the US?

Anyhow, summer has arrived again in Sweden, and again the streets are full of guys pushing around their children in pushchairs and loving it! They take -what is their right in Sweden, paternity leave- and take responsibility for their beautiful children whilst the mum is back at work. What a beautiful country this is!

Big Brother and vehical tracking in NYC

Look at this. New York is following London’s example for ‘congestion charging’. Such a system, which has already helped to turn London into the “Big Brother” capital of the western world, entails placing hundreds of cameras to read vehicle license plates as they enter the “designated” areas of the city. Vehicle owners are then charged for the privilege of driving in those locales.