When I talk to friends and coworkers about online privacy, I feel like someone who should be wearing a tinfoil hat, a conspiracy theorist a-la far left or far rightists. Some times it makes me step back and think… am I blinded?

But no, I’m reminded that online privacy needs to be a basic human right.

@gritnot I do honestly ask myself regularly if I am being paranoid, and I have almost always concluded that I am not. Although our instance is focused on technical tools, I like to focus on tools to help us raise awareness with those who have been intentionally misled. My advice is to first understand where a person is in understanding. For the completely unaware, one or two basic questions can help them start to think about it.

@krock i hear you on all of that. Education is key but some of my harder cases are technical people who seem to just not care: “the government has my data, they have had it for years.” But it’s just not that simple, it’s HOW it’s being used to make decisions that affect your life or modify the way your see or think things. Utility and convenience outweigh the effort it takes to pore over privacy policies and practices.


@gritnot Sometimes people see things as binary. Resistance is futile. It takes a little explaining to convince them that it is not an all or nothing situation. The more privacy you can retain, the more power you have over your own destiny. This article kind of explains the situation. reallifemag.com/personal-panop

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