Anticipating management of data surveillance through government policies is not possible in modern times. The privacy of individuals has been affected largely due to privacy invasion organizations, who have greatly accomplished their task of defeating privacy managers. Hence, it has become the duty of individuals themselves to be watchful on the web.
The first suggestion is the know-how. This means one should know and be cautious regarding dangers and risks of being monitored on the web. It is not enough to be mindful and aware of being tracked, controlled, and convinced to accept the ideas of web. One must be attentive, cautious, and vigilant while still being connected to the digital world.
There are five basic tactics to bear in mind while going online.
World Wide Web is a world in itself, where we are often misled, distracted, and lost; thus, we can be easily diverted away from our destination. However, by restating and reminding our mind, we can remain dedicated and focused, and thus keep on searching our specific tasks during web surfing. When one’s mind starts wandering and taking interest in unrelated advertisements popped up during web surfing, he should remind himself of the goals and priorities.
Searching the desired topic, without biases and with complete relevance, is another important aspect to keep in mind. Everything is present on the web; now it’s our ability and talent to filter the required results from the pool. Using key words while searching for our desired topic, and checking the 3rd, 4th, and 5th page apart from the first page of the search results, is of prime importance. Additionally, it is also necessary to triangulate the breaking news via social media: trying to find out three sources to verify the news before passing along a rumor.
Tagging and sharing different posts on social media are amongst the likely means of participation on the web, and have a significant impact on the public. Therefore, think before you post, because your digital actions are traceable, reproducible, available to the people you do not know, and will remain available to all indefinitely. This may lead to undesirable and unwanted situations at times, if you post every activity related to you on social media.
Digital media and networks are new means of economic production. People having similar interests collectively contribute in order to learn, earn money, achieve reputation, and contribute to a common good. And because collective wisdom is much better and beneficial than individual IQ, collaboration makes impossible things possible.
Networking with right people, at right forum, and at right time are very essential elements for educational, economic, and career growth. LinkedIn is the best example for career hunt and enhancement. Networking skills help to get a decent job. Social media websites make it possible to maintain ongoing ties with the people who are not in contact with you through education, moving, or changing jobs.
Though we are exposed to numerous hazards and risks in this huge world of web every day, and are being monitored and convinced to accept opinions as fact, we cannot isolate ourselves away from internet. By applying these five tactics in a meaningful way, we can protect ourselves and others from being victim of the propaganda, and use it for our benefit and progress.
Howard R (2012), Net Smart: How to thrive online, Chapter 6