By Peter Trinh
In Part 1 of this article, I asked; “Is it Worth Taking Back Control of Your Digital Presence?” Edward Snowden was quoted as part of the answer. Part 2 will start the exploration in different areas; given a bite at a time; alongside a solution to address an area.
Let’s start with the overarching philosophy: “Why do I need to have privacy when I have nothing to hide?” I would counter that question with my own question: “Would I rather someone else tell me how I can express myself on their terms?” We live in a society so sophisticated and complex that we barely have the time or presence to keep up with it. Out of convenience, more and more of our lives are defined by others; categorized by others; and run by others via acceptable mainstream solutions.
The drawback to this approach is that we are finding ourselves increasingly surrounded by exceptions, situations, and holding sentiments that do not fit any of the offered categories, solutions, or outlets of expression. Thus, it has become more and more necessary to present and express ourselves on our own terms. At the moment, most of this consternation is centered around technology and our digital presence.
The solution to the overarching philosophy and taking control on our own terms begins with empowering ourselves with information. The broad areas are our electronic devices; services we use; self conduct digitally and personally; and expectation management of others. In each of these broad categories, there are habits, settings, tweaks, programs, and some instructions you can run to effectively take control over your digital presence and on your own terms. The trade-off is convenience. In the next article I will begin with our self-conduct.
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