Sunday, January 9, 2011

Internet Privacy vs. Openess and A Congresswoman's Attempted Murder

I didn't think the shooting of Congresswoman Gabrielle Gifford had anything to do with internet security until I saw an image from her twitter profile in this Washington Post article today:

The image I saw was in the print edition of the Washington Post, so I took a screen shot of the congresswoman's twitter page and posted it here. 

Her last tweet "My 1st Congress on Your Corner starts now. Please stop by to let me know what is on your mind or tweet me later." announced to the world where she was going to be, conveniently around just down the road from the shooter.

I am not saying that Twitter spawned this attack on Congresswoman Gifford. I am just pointing out that is is a likely "point of weakness" in ones security. I also want to point out something about the internet industry's role here...

The problem I see is an industry that is pushing people to be more open when it's not really appropriate. The internet industry gives this impression that consumers & businesses alike should be "always on, always accessible, and loving it - all the time". That people are missing out, and their lives are really limited somehow without more technology in it. Are we really ready for this?  I have boundaries, I control all my tech stuff... but I am sick of this coercive attitude that tells me there is something wrong with me - for having boundaries. Isn't it a form of abuse to insist that everybody be always on? If I read another tech community blog saying how great everything will be if we all just open up, I reserve the right to tell that blogger why they're wrong.