Ok that’s a pretty grand title for a very short post. But it’s a big old issue. We are all increasingly connected in our day-to-day lives across a thousand and one different networks: social, financial, geographic, corporate, legal and technological. The price of access to these networks is usually the sharing of some information, whether that agreement be explicit or implicit.
Unfortunately this wealth of human information provides a fertile environment for the criminal and the hacker. The more data we reveal, the greater the threat to our personal security and that of our employers and service providers. That threat can be mitigated through precautions — mainly education but also software and policies — but it seems unlikely that it can be completely extinguished.
For me there is a huge amount of interest in watching the change in social norms of our society as we integrate and embed all of these new information sources and communications channels. But the even bigger interest is in how we adapt to the changing threats and balance our response to them against our desire to enjoy the benefits of our newfound technological freedom.
[This is what I would have said on Radio FiveLive last night if it was a longer slot…and perhaps if it was on Radio 4… 😉 ]