As the digital age continues to erupt, there has been a lot of controversy surrounding anti-trust and regulation laws around the big four tech companies – Google, Amazon, Facebook, and Apple. Currently, Google is under the heat as 50 attorneys general look into possible anti-trust violations. Frankly, laws around digital transparency and privacy is in its’ infancy and the point of this article is to bring awareness to the consumer and create a safe medium for people to have a dialogue around personal data and privacy.
The wild west of the digital age is all uncharted territory and every situation that comes up may or may not have a precedent, therefore, every situation that comes up is setting up a new precedent and creates an opportunity to put forth a new law. We have seen this with the 2016 election and the Cambridge Analytica case. I think this is a very exciting time for the digital space – it is a time where the consumer has a say in the creation of new laws – a new form of democracy. Social media provides a platform for the people to express their opinions, and how they feel about matters – with that said – it is critical that we create a safe space for people to express their opinions, have private dialogues with others, and do not feel like all of their data is being compromised.
How often do any of us actually read the waivers before we sign them? It is important for people to realize they may not understand all of the nuances to the law, but how can we break it down and simplify so they can understand?
So what is my stance?
I am not here to bash the government or big tech companies. I want to serve as a steward and educate consumers about their rights and how to practice digital hygiene. This is particularly important among the next generation. The access to apps and technology that the younger generation has is endless – we need to make sure that we are educating the youth on how to practice digital responsibility and not get themselves into compromising situations. Growing up I had access to AIM and that was even dangerous – now the access to apps that teens have these days is 100x AIM Instant Messenger.
Let’s navigate the Wild West of the Digital Age together – one host at a time (cc: Westworld)
This is the first article in a series that will discuss anti-trust and regulation laws. Stay tuned.