Should the Government do More to Protect Online Privacy?

Last week, computer scientist Tim Berners-Lee called for a bill of rights to help protect internet users from surveillance. But how helpful would this be? Should the government really do more to protect online privacy?   

"We need to update our governance structures” “It’s classic personal reputation management”
Adam Monago, Head of Digital Strategy for ThoughtWorks

Cheri Percy, Marketing Manager at Distilled

"Yes! We need to upgrade our governance structures supporting internet mass surveillance in order to be in step with the times. The apparent dragnet of personal information being gathered by the Five Eyes has shaken the confidence of citizens and businesses alike. We believe the online economy, that has so much promise for global development, is at very real risk if users lose trust and confidence in internet-enabled products and services. Some would go as far as to establish a digital bill of rights, but what is needed first is for our lawmakers to understand the difference between what is technically possible and what is legal or acceptable.”

No! It’s classic personal reputation management. If you are using any of the online social networks to spout out about your political views or posting your #shelfies on Instagram, you should consider yourself a virtual publisher. And just like any reputable publisher, we need to be considering what we’re commissioning to the outside world. What the government should be doing is more to protect online safety. Social media platforms are an incredible space to share your opinions and speak to people across time zones and continents but this vast blogosphere should come without the fear of trolling or death threats. The internet is an interactive medium and we need to educate people on the implications of “over sharing” on the web.”

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