Today, 4.6 billion people, or 59.5% of the world's population, use the Internet. This figure is growing every day.
If we talk about the dissemination of information on the World Wide Web, then, for example, 350 million new photos appear on Facebook every day. And between 2018 and 2020, Facebook removed more than 7.1 million posts with insults and the use of hate speech. What does our online world tell us?
Propaganda and disinformation - what is our responsibility?
The information we receive, whether from another person, in the media or on the Internet, in a sense becomes a part of us - because as soon as we hear, see or read something, the brain immediately processes the data, sends it to short-term or long-term memory, and an emotional response to this information is activated.
Of course, it is our choice and our responsibility to blindly believe everything we receive from the outside, or to question any information.
We should not forget that we form our own information space, which can also affect people close to us and colleagues. This is our responsibility to operate with verified information. Fortunately, on the internet we can find answers to our questions from anywhere in the world.
Online security and life security - What are the similarities?
It is obvious to us that the manufacturer of cars or medicines must ensure their safety. But for some reason, it is not yet so obvious that the creators of social networks and internet service providers must ensure the mental and psychological safety of use for their customers. Most often, we talk about data security, but this brings us back to the issue of internet security, but not internet security. In a world where everything seems protected, the person himself becomes the most vulnerable.
Crimes are changing their shape at an insane rate and moving online, criminals are mastering new technologies. We all live with the "bedroom effect" right now. That is, being physically safe (for example, being in our apartments), we are more active on the internet than in real life. Online, we are more likely to trust, offend, and talk more about ourselves. And we don't always follow the same rules on the internet as in real life.
Nowadays, recruitment for human trafficking and sexual exploitation mainly takes place on the internet. Unfortunately, online broadcasts and on-demand production of videos of sexual violence are our reality. But what is forbidden offline should also be unacceptable online.
It is important to remember that we are all connected to each other much more than it seems, and therefore the issue of our internet security, as well as environmental issues, cannot be solved alone.