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In today’s quintessential world of Internet and Social media, Tech giants watch our every move online. Comment on how that violate our human rights?

Topic: Ethics and Human Interface: Essence, determinants and consequences of Ethics in-human actions; ethical concerns and dilemmas in government and private institutions.

In today’s quintessential world of Internet and Social media, Tech giants watch our every move online. Comment on how that violate our human rights?

The Guardian

Why this question:

The argument by social media giants that data collection is inherent to the way the internet works. The internet didn’t have to be this way. A new report by Amnesty International made the bold case this week that we need to stop accepting the status quo and start seeing it for what it really is: a violation of our human rights “on an unprecedented scale” perpetrated by two American companies, Facebook and Google.

Key demand of the question:

One has to argue the how privacy is inherent part of every individual and how this must be respected and upheld by others.

Directive:

Comment– here we have to express our knowledge and understanding of the issue and form an overall opinion thereupon.

Structure of the answer:

Introduction:

Briefly introduce about how the access to the internet is critical for the realization of human rights in the modern world. To voice out our opinions, to spread a message, to help people in distress etc.

Body:

Highlight how the social media platforms have been an important source of information dissemination. People all around the world are reliant on these platforms in order to express themselves freely, to access information online and to engage in society.

Now discuss specifically issues related to privacy concerns.

Argue how the the eradication of privacy has “knock-on effects” that threaten other rights, including freedom of expression, freedom of thought and freedom from discrimination.

Talk about how Facebook and Google are also exacerbating the threat of government surveillance, the report argues, by amassing so much personal information in the first place. The companies’ data troves are attractive “honeypots” for governments.

Conclusion:

Conclude with solutions to the problem and suggest way forward.

 

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