Monday, September 22, 2014

A new version of “I have a dream”

I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: 'We hold these truths to be self-evident; that all men are created equal.’" Perhaps this is the most famous part of the speech by Martin Luther King 51 years ago, in clear reference to the Emancipation Proclamation. Today 151 years ago, Abraham Lincoln announced freedom of all its citizens, whether they were black or white.
At the time, they live a situation relatively similar to the one we are experiencing in the third environment. Freedom is restricted, tainted by the abuses of a few people against the rest of society. Such abuses attack our right to privacy. For example, one of those is the leak of nude photos of celebrities such as Kim Kardashian, Vanessa Hudgens and Mary-Kate Olsen arising again in 4chan and Reddit threads.

Hazard lurks under the skin of new devices and wearables which have a complete dependence of Wi-Fi networks or your smartphone and therefore involve new vectors of data theft.

Loads of information travel through cyberspace. It can be used by dark individuals to locate us. Sometimes, unique identification patterns for each user can be established by crossing seemingly anonymous data. In other cases, the internal knowledge of a company itself allows you to take value of customers’ habits, as it seems to be happening in most shopping malls.

Therefore it is not surprising that black people (i.e. the users) stand to demand more protection, and finally end up being heard. Today we witnessed how Cloudflare, one of the content distribution networks (CDN) used by most Internet services, announced that it will protect users connections via SSL leaving control over the private key to the client, not to the an intermediary (as it was working so far).

Besides we can see every day how awareness of the risks posed by insecure systems is increasing. From that despotism few years ago to the gradual implementation of strategies to address potential security breaches, which involve both internal departments and auxiliary systems centralizing its management and minimizing possible operations and data theft.

This fight for freedom waged by people in nineteenth century in America is relive today under another scenario, but with the same intensity. By then sanity imposed against interest, why would it happen hte opposite now?


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