Freedom of speech potentially violates one’s legal rights to privacy, once information is transmitted across different longitudes, wavelengths, world wide web (WWW), and lines of social media. The human mind has 70000 thoughts floating through the mind every day, it can fluctuate up and down based on a single individual. A thought is a word expressed. As the social media ethics book has disclosed we are assigned an IP address. I have found with disclosing with internet providers that we do not only have a Public IP address, but we also have a Private IP address which follows you everywhere in the world you go, it is linked to your identity. As the Media ethics book discloses once something is online it is not retractable. It explains the following: We all know, of course, that someone with specialized software and hardware tools (such as a hacker and\or government agency “sniffing” for information) may look into your email. We have a couple of shades that cover the true freedom of speech factors.
We have limited freedom of speech, in society, it is not fully okay to express everything we want. In such a sensitive world, you can be offensive if you just breathe. Freedom of speech in the mass media or audience can be classified in different formats based on culture, global standards, ethnic groups, backgrounds, continents, or countries. The discussion cannot only be set in standard in a particular nation. The social and private world has come a long way, in times past all around the world. In times past, you could not express any voiced opinions in any way, the democracy was not effective, leadership ruled by a dictatorship. It is much convenient today to be able to at least voice opinions. However, there are still some nations/countries where you cannot voice your opinion today. I could go on and on about social agendas, but when somethings are disclosed or shared online in whatever platform or format of communication: it is prone to come out or be revealed to the public. We have the risk of hackers, web terrorist, hijackers of email, etc… We must accept the unpredictable risk of online propaganda which is associated with unlimited scenarios which are not private in any way. Once you reveal something online it fully has the potential of no privacy.
Invasion of privacy can be hackers of emails, stoker of personal or private accounts, virus infections to intrude accounts of any personal, sharing IP addresses or allowing someone to invade your WiFi connections with permission. Using hardware, flash drives, software’s or hard drives to ruin or infect someone’s accounts in a means to attain personal information, or hacking bank accounts can also distort multiple layers or privacy. The WWW, social media, emails, or apps all these things are quite vulnerable to all scopes of invasion, and things travel so fast in the world we live in, we must be aware of the information we share to all our personal/private networks, shared networks, or public networks. Privacy online is a world of the unknown, we really cannot put a fine line or pinpoint where security lies with sources of internet domestically or globally.
Charles Ess. (2014). Digital Media Ethics (Digital Media and Society Series), MA, Cambridge UK. Polity Press