There is a lot of information out in cyberspace about you. You don't know who has it. Largely you don't understand how they got it. You don't know how they intend to use it. You don't know if it is accurate.
Your life will increasingly be affected by that data. Will you get that job? Will you be able to get on the airplane?
What is the future of your digital self? What can we do to better regulate the use of our data?
Originally published on Mon November 10, 2014 2:34 pm
On the same morning net neutrality demonstrators showed up at FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler's house to protest a plan that could let broadband providers charge for "fast lanes" to the Internet, the demonstrators found unexpected support from the White House.
Internet safety has become the new "stranger danger" among middle school students. This week, Google gave a lesson to students at Vale Middle School on how to secure their information, and protect themselves from involuntarily going viral with an embarrassing images or videos. The company's Online Safety Roadshow is designed to teach kids the risks of weak passwords, giving out too much information, and sharing photos. Google spokeswoman Jamie Hill says the pre-teen and early teen years are the best ages to target students for online safety.
As the Time Warner Cable/Comcast mega-deal continues through the regulatory gauntlet of the Department of Justice and the Federal Communications Commission, the FCC public commenting period has opened. In line with several surveys of consumers, the reviews are not positive.
The European Union has compelled U.S. companies to allow their citizens to delete links to information, including public records, from showing up on their search engines. Google lost a case in May that cemented the EU's data protection policy that leaders call the 'right to be forgotten.'
The federal government is flexing its muscles to expand broadband access across the country. Locally, city council members are busy working on policies to expedite the broadband options in San Antonio.
Google Fiber and AT&T are two of the private sector options that may put San Antonio on the broadband map to connect residents to super fast internet speeds.
Last week the Federal Communications Commission voted to move forward on new rules governing broadband internet service providers (ISPs) that would allow for "fast lanes," or the ability for providers to sell higher speeds of delivery for their content. The internet was awash in laments for the death of the web.