Op-Ed: When fear meets technology, your evening walk ends up on video
In the past 60 years, the Internet has transformed human life in profound and surprising ways. With the ubiquity of computers, the speed and ease with which we are connected to each other has never been as fast or accessible.
In that spirit, it is fitting that the Internet has become a source of concern and anxiety for human nature.
We humans worry about the security of the data on our devices like our cell phones, our computers and tablets. We fret about the amount of personal information we make vulnerable to identity thieves, data breaches and cyber attacks.
But today, the Internet is also the key to the future of our most critical asset: our ability to connect and communicate.
And that connectivity is the lifeblood behind the exponential growth of the tech giants across the globe.
Facebook, Google and Amazon are now worth more than any of the countries of Europe’s 20 largest economies — and are on track to be worth more than all of those combined in less than a decade.
It is this tech-generated growth that has sparked the tech industry to become one of the most popular topics in the U.S. presidential debates — even overshadowing the economy.
With more than 100 billionaires in the U.S. alone, one could argue that tech and the tech industry are among the most powerful forces shaping our world.
Yet tech has come under fire for what many call the “tech lynch mob.”
While it’s a relatively new phenomenon to write about in journalism, tech has been the subject of countless articles in recent years as technology has become an ever-growing concern in the human heart.
In the past 60 years, the Internet has transformed human life in profound and surprising ways. It has provided us unprecedented access to information and culture — from books to movies to music — allowing us to engage in dialogue and connect with people.
But that connectedness is driving an unprecedented growth in the tech industry.
What happens in Silicon Valley, or in the tech industry, is often seen through a cynical, polarized lens: We are the enemy, we are the victims.
Many who support the tech industry claim that it is necessary to protect the public from predatory tech companies. In order to understand why this is the case and how tech should be regulated, it is important to first understand why we allow