Category Archives: Thoughts

National Security Versus Personal And Individual Privacy In The War Against Terrorism

Are US and UK Intelligent agencies actually able to sift through all electronic data and transaction to identify terrorist or are they, as Annie Machon, former M15 intelligence officer and whistleblower, claim, turning the internet into a tool of oppression for the use of the US and UK totalitarianism and undermining democracy. She uses East Germany as an example, pointing out that the government had first went after journalists, trade unionist and activists but the domineering government got worse.

Bella Sankey, policy director of Liberty, a civil liberties organization, calls privacy a public, social and collective good and recommends that Edward Snowden’s revelations about surveillance activities be used to overhaul intelligence agencies. UK’s national security boss, Robert Hannigan, attacked technology companies, claimed that privacy is not an absolute right and is in denial about the abuses reported by whistleblowers. Liberty has a case filed with the Investigatory Powers Tribunal to challenge surveillance measures in the UK, hoping to change laws and force debate.

Snowden’s reports caused technology companies to increase the availability of encryption services for the public, but, according to Jamie Bartlett, director of the centre for analysis of social media Demos, that terrorist and criminals have accesses as well and this makes it harder to prevent attacks said Alexei Beltyukov developer of the Solvy service. This led to speculation about a return to “old-fashion human intelligence” and a new settlement about the types of intelligence to allow for a better system of oversight. Also needed is a way for whistleblowers to report of wrongdoing by agencies without being prosecuted and treated as outcast or traitors.

Mark Ahn Provides Insights into Tech Trends

Mark Ahn, the seasoned Biotech entrepreneur recently sat down in order to provide insights on the latest tech trends and the technology that is going to make a global impact in the coming year. Now, while he did not name specific brands or elements, he did point out what would be important to look into for any tech firm looking to make something important for the rest of the tech community to use.

First, Mark Ahn pointed out the importance of caring. He stated the tech should be innovative but it should move towards assisting the user with a task. The designers need to care about the user’s needs and not produce the tech product simply to make money. This can be anywhere to help manage food consumption to being able to help alter climate change and global warming. He indicated that there really is nothing too large or too small when it comes to helping with tech products, but that it does need to have some sort of carrying element.

After this, Mr. Ahn pointed out the importance of targeting old problems with new approaches. Often times there is an old method of completing a task that is simply outdated and altering the way of completing this task may prove vital to millions of people worldwide. Whether the new method can help save time or money, trying to go about improving an old problem with a new approach is essential.

Now, for other tech investors, it is important to never underestimate the little guys who work in the tech industry. In fact, the majority of tech improvements actually come from smaller companies that are eventually purchased by the larger companies that have the financial capability of using the new technology and implement it into the equipment the larger company produces.