Protect your privacy – don’t abandon the medium!

November 30, 2010 at 10:48 am 1 comment

With the increased use of technology, whether it be the internet or the mobile phone or digital cameras, the cases of harassment using technology have also increased. Somehow it seems predators, stalkers, harassers and the like start adopting technology at a faster speed than the rest of us.

Should we then stop using technology so that we will not be at risk? That is absolutely not an option. Technology empowers us to connect, to learn, to share, to transact, to do so many things much more easily than we could have in the  past. Why should we be deprived of the benefits?

The philosophy behind the Take Back the Tech! campaign is to harness ICTs for our own use, to reclaim it and to use it to empower ourselves as individuals and as communities and groups.

However, we also need to be smart about the use of technology. This means that we need to use privacy settings on mobile phones, Facebook, Twitter, blogs etc and to be selective in what we share and with whom. The false sense of security that online “you could be a dog” and no-one is aware of it, is a myth. Your identity is available. You just need to be sure it isn’t stolen and that your online content is not misused.

This poster was designed by Rabeea Arif who is a Communications Designer and feels strongly about women empowerment. Thank you Rabeea.

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1 Comment Add your own

  • 1. Jeff Corbett  |  November 30, 2010 at 6:21 pm

    Commonsense goes a long way when protecting personal privacy. And let’s not underestimate how vital the right to personal privacy is to civil liberties.

    Giving up too much of personal information via the internet is foolhardy.


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