Google glass and technology like it is definitely an evolutionary step in the direction of technology. Technology is always advancing by the year. We are always trying to make the next big thing to make our lives easier. So there’s no doubt that technology invented today are just more steps taken to better the future and make things smoother. The benefits of having technology like this is that our everyday lives become a little more interesting and easier to navigate through. There’s always a downside to everything, although such advances in technology make certain aspects of life easier, it also takes our privacy a little because it knows every little thing about us since we put it all over social networks or stored in the device. People can be so focused on the technology they possess that you do get distracted and anti social.
Pieces of information I consider private include my address, phone number , social security , email/password combinations, private conversations via text or email. Basically any information that would leave me exposed. When an outsider has your private information such as that, anything someone I don’t know can use against me or take away from me. I don’t know about you but I personally would just feel uncomfortable knowing random people out there I don’t know just know basic things about me.
Now when it comes to corporations or the government reviewing published information, I wouldn’t say I have a problem with it. The exceptions I have to it is I don’t think it should be abused,where I’m always being watched over. No one likes to feel that way, we all deserve our privacy , whether in person or through the Internet.
The question being asked for this blog is if illegal downloading a victim-less crime? Good question, the answer to that is sadly no, because you may not realize it, but there is actually a victim in illegal downloading. Someone out there is losing money for their hard work each time an illegal download happens. Illegal downloading is not different from stealing because you are essentially doing the same thing.
Whether it’s to steal the actual physical item or download the digital version, at the end of the day, it’s stealing. Every thing that you may download FREE, when it is clearly an item that can only be purchased, is stealing. The internet just makes it easy because the availability of it and the chances of getting in trouble are slim to none because so many people do it, that it is not enforced although illegal.
Aaron Swartz, the founder of Reddit, was found dead, he had hung himself. Some of the reasons behind his death include depression that he previously suffered from and the criminal case he was in, which his wife stated that it was caused “by a persecution and a prosecution that had already wound on for 2 years”. What this says about some United States law is that those in power have a lot of control over those who don’t, for example he knew he was going to get the worst possible sentence just because they can do that and not because it’s what is right. Aaron was always about helping the little guy and just wanted to show that we deserve internet freedom. What this also says about some US law is that the sentencing given to certain crimes aren’t always equivalent to what is deserved just based on how the criminal justice works.
1) Bicchierai, L. (2013, February 5). Mashable. Mashable. Retrieved October 30, 2013, from http://mashable.com/2013/02/05/aaron-swartz-girlfriend-why-he-died/
2) Martinez, M., Ariosto, D., & York, B. (2013, March 7). Internet prodigy, activist Aaron Swartz commits suicide. <i>CNN</i>. Retrieved October 30, 2013, from http://www.cnn.com/2013/01/12/us/new-york-reddit-founder-suicide/