Privacy and Individuality: Government Control Over Technology
Often times, when an electronic device is connected to a public wireless network, some
websites or applications may be blocked. This is an obvious example of how institutions can
block certain media. The most corrupt media filtering occurs beneath the surface. Throughout
history, governments across the world have had many levels of control and access to their
citizens use of technology. As a result, governments have access to private information and
individuality is revoked from the users.
From May of 2017 through July of 2017, Equifax, a consumer credit reporting agency, had
a large breach. Classified as the largest breach in U.S. history, approximately 143 million
Americans were impacted. This meant that hackers accessed private information like; legal
names, social security numbers, addresses, birth dates, driver's license numbers and more.
With this information, they took the credit card numbers of hundreds of thousands of citizens
of the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom. Now that the hackers have that
information, a majority of the citizens within those countries may be affected by fraud. Identity
fraud can lead to much more than just being sold on online black markets. If the criminal
maxes out a credit card, the victim of the fraud could be declined from student loans, car loans,
mortgages and more. Also, if the thief decides to receive healthcare under the victim's identity,
it will make it much more difficult for the victim to receive health care for themselves because
the medical records will have two different persons within it.
In 2016, President Donald Trump was elected as the President of the United States.
Russia altered this election by the use of technology. While they didn’t actually tamper with the
vote tallies, they did play an influential role. There are many different theories and accusations
of the actions the Russian government attempted, but only some have been proven. What has
been confirmed is the CIA released emails from russian representatives sharing that their goal
was to bolster President Trump’s campaign. The Russian government also spent $100,000 on
ads that were displayed on citizens of the United States facebook accounts, in favor of Donald
Trump. This was not admitted upfront but later linked back to the Russian Government. It is not
officially known if Russia’s involvement is what caused President Donald Trump to win the
The “Great Firewall of China” is an online firewall that blocks a large variety of media
outside the country of China itself. It blocks foreign websites, apps, social media, VPNs, emails,
text messages, or anything else deemed offensive by the government. They are primarily
trying to block sexually explicit material and anything promoting democracy or casting a bad
shadow on communism. For example, websites like Facebook, Twitter, Youtube, and Gmail are
all blocked. The...