Sharing Entailing Many Issues

As Chayko (2018) notes, people these days share lots of information online and that kind of information accumulates a lot and spreads in public, which Chayko  (2018) refers to “crowdsourcing” (p.73). Sharing useful information for free of charge with unlimited access can benefit a number of members in the community of social media. However, as Chayko (2018) points out, it has emerged as an issue that people do not acknowledge how much of their personal information is exposed or illegally used for the matters they are not even aware of (p.67). As Chayko (2018) touches the very sensitive part, so called, surveillance, I believe that it becomes a more sensitive issue to discuss when it comes to considering if surveillance is “asymmetrical” or “vertical” (p.84). Although there would be many side effects such as data mining and hacking, I argue that there should be a certain type of system or organization to protect the personal information of online civils.         

The issue that I desire to focus on is the one about “fake news” (Chayko, 2018, p.82). As the content of the post is up to those who post it, it is actually true that posters can upload whichever content they want as long as it is not directly against the posting rule (eg. In S. Korea, direct swearing can be deleted without any notice to the poster who posted it). To take an example of fake news that caused a huge turmoil in S. Korea, there was a positing on the biggest portal web site, called Naver, in S. Korea a few years ago. Some person posted that N. Korea is preparing a new type of arms so that they can suddenly attack S. Korea any time soon. This post became so influential that people started to get food and necessities from grocery stores. Soon there formed lines in front of grocery stores, and people buying instant noodles and canned food were broadcast on TV. Looking back, I am so glad this fake news was proved untrue before long and moreover, that there was no riot or violent crowds due to the chaos from public worries about war. However, what if there were? What if this little piece of fake news became so big that it affected so many people and provoked crowds’ violence inside. My questions are: “Who would catch this kind of fake news makers which I consider a cybercrime?” “Who would punish them and how?”        

Posted on October 10, 2020, in Digital, Social Media, Society. Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.

  1. YJ,
    I think cybercrime and data usage are going to be topics up for debate for a long time. There seems to be only limited broadcasting of the proof of criminal data mining for the general public. It makes the news much less often than other topics. I think as a result, it becomes a threat that is only talked about and never visualized. If I was confronted with a physical file of my data, I would be more likely to take a strong stance toward securing privacy over control. I would also like to know how increased privacy would change things. I think you are right how there are many issues, either way.

  2. “it has emerged as an issue that people do not acknowledge how much of their personal information is exposed or illegally used for the matters they are not even aware of (p.67).”

    Even though I’m aware that companies and scientists use the information that we post online for marketing and research, I’m still shocked by how MUCH information can actually be sifted out. I showed a TED Talk to my Communication students this week where a professor explained why “liking” a Facebook page for curly fries was an indicator of intelligence. Crazy!

    One of my students’ assignments for next week is to Google themselves. I want them to think about what someone might find out about their life based on their social media presence.

  3. This is such a touchy subject in a country that prides itself on freedom of speech, isn’t it? Still, freedom of speech does not extend to lies and behaviors that could cause harm to others. Laws are so objective, though, that it seems the more there are, the more creative ways content producers find to communicate their disinformation within the letter of the law. It needs to be addressed, though, for sure.

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