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Assignment #2: Media and Sovereignty

April 29th, 2011 · 1 Comment
Media & Sovereignty Report - Assignment # 2

“Biblical stories of spies entering the Promised Land predate the present revolutionary technologies of boundary penetration and surveillace”. Monroe E. Price describes with this the feeling of threat that comes as a side effect with every new technology for transmitting information. The Internet poses this great feeling of threat with the double-sided idea of it being a “technology of freedom”. Price tells us that this idea is held precisely because of the Internets ability to overwhelm boundaries thus, being the key to the spread of democracy. Is this spread of democracy through the Internet really advocating freedom through technology though? The violation of privacy does not make this seem so “free”.

Price emphasizes that what is being written and celebrated on the Internet is meant to “weaken national controls over information and cultural images within their borders”. This is consistent with the promotion of human rights and democratic values. Which brings us to the historic problem of periodical demands for freedom and concern over content.

According to Fox News in “Spokeo a Growing “Threat to Internet Privacy, Cyber Security Experts Warn”, Spokeo which is a popular information-gathering website, is allowing for ANYONE to get personal information which can be therefore used for malicious acts. Information includes: your income, religion, spouse’s name, credit status and the number of people in your household. Not to mention, the satellite view of your house (powered by Google) and an estimated value included with it. This website makes it easy to pull out info from state and federal bases, including hundreds of social-networking sites and you can do it all at under the price of $3.

As unethical as Spokeo is, it is still up and running and available to the public. This opens the door to criminals committing acts like identity theft, causing harm to innocent individuals. The FTC has tried to stop the service but failed to do so as not everything shown on the website is accurate. As we all know not to trust everything we see from the Internet, this becomes true with Spokeo but this does not make it right because either way it is controlling information that is being shown and in turn, it controls that individual by threatening their privacy.

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  • 1    Prof. Hala // May 9, 2011 at 6:53 pm

    Indeed. While most of us tend to focus on the positive, “liberating” aspects of the internet, few are aware of the extent to which their online activity may be undermining their privacy. It’s shocking to me how unfamiliar ppl are with their Facebook privacy settings, for instance. I users leave their pages public, their personal data can be scooped up by anyone, making them prime targets for identity theft.

    Spokeo is another cause for concern. I would urge anyone who hasn’t done so yet, to take these steps to protect themselves:

    1) Go to

    2) Search your name and select the profile that matches your information.

    3) Once you’ve determined that you’ve located your profile you can then highlight and copy the URL.

    4) Find and click on the privacy link on the bottom of the page.

    5) Paste your URL into the appropriate field, enter your email address, and the provided security code.

    6) Click on remove listing.

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