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The Disappearing Act : How to Stay Anonymous Online

The Disappearing Act : How to Stay Anonymous Online

As the government, federal intelligence agencies and even hackers continue to mine private data of millions of internet users, protecting personal data online has become a matter of great concern for people. Even though the classic defense of ‘nothing to hide means nothing to worry’ has been propagated for long, it should not interfere with your right to privacy.

The recent hacking of millions of Gmail accounts and hacking of Apple’s iOS exposing compromising pictures of popular celebrities should certainly serve as warning for all of us.

This infographic by WhoIsHostingThis talk about how people can stay anonymous online, encrypt the data they share and keep the private data from getting into the hands of mischievous elements.It lays out details on how using proxies, VPN servers and Tor can help the private data from getting exposed. Even though nothing is completely hidden on the internet, these methods certainly add a layer of security and protect your privacy from getting breached easily.

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    Last Updated on December 18, 2020

    Can Technology have Biases Like Humans?

    Can Technology have Biases Like Humans?

    Technology has taken a vantage leap in providing solutions for man. Before now, technology used to appear complex and would require a great deal of expertise to handle solutions available. Today, we have technology applicable in the simplest human activities as smart products with intelligent algorithms powering them as they make error-free judgments and provide intelligent and analytic solutions.

    Does technology have all the answers?

    This article from Credit Suisse, tells us that technology does not have all the answers because it has been found to exhibit “similar biases,” as humans. No one can discredit the impact of technology, but it is not totally free of human input and this is the reason we experience these biases in many areas we have technology holding foot.

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    Creating technological solutions transparently

    This article suggests that the process of creating technological solutions be made transparent and subject to contribution from many people who would end up as users of the product – male, female, young, old, learned, unlearned and all other preferences as we have them. It also underscores the importance of having women on product development teams. This approach is not sure to eliminate all forms of bias, but it is a good way to start in order to appraise the full benefits of technology.

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    Technology as the connecting tool

    Technology so far has been a major connecting tool amongst us humans. It is used and appreciated by all regardless of race, language and sex. In order to keep it less subjective to these arguments about human biases. I believe we should gather opinions on products and solutions before making them available to the public. This could be done by gathering input from intended target users and receiving feedback across the stages of production.

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    “Recognizing the problem is a start…success will depend on inclusive technologies that meet this vast untapped market.” This cannot be more apt especially at a time when we look up to technology for solutions. We should not muzzle our progress with technology by battling algorithm bias. The first way to avoid this battle is by reading this article here.

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