A curious aspect of Internet history is user privacy. The web contains data for our entire personal information, from location to bank details and ultimately, identity. Deliberately or not, we provide this information, but is it really safe?
As Curran (2012) observes, surveillance technology has been deployed extensively since the 1990s, and websites and governments have been collecting user data and using it for various reasons. Hackers have also been advancing rapidly. Therefore personal information is exposed to anyone with the skills or assets to find it.
Correspondingly, in the mid-1990s a group of scientists from the Naval Research Laboratory created the software Tor. Its primary purpose, according to Tor, was to protect U.S. government communications. Nowadays, Tor offers online anonymity and enables untraceable web browsing. Do you know other features of Tor that make it different from software such as Chrome and Firefox?
We all witnessed the recent leaks that exposed US spy programme in 2013. I find it disturbing that the NSA collects telephone records and data from tens of millions of Americans. If this is a matter of safety over ethics, do you consider it an effective safety measure? Do you think using software such as Tor is a safer option?