Sunday, February 19, 2012

The Modern world vs the Arab spring

One of the biggest stories that will change the way society is went almost unnoticed.

"Drones Set Sights on US Skies" : " A new federal law, signed by the president on Tuesday, compels the Federal Aviation Administration to allow drones to be used for all sorts of commercial endeavors — from selling real estate and dusting crops, to monitoring oil spills and wildlife, even shooting Hollywood films. Local police and emergency services will also be freer to send up their own drones."

While some might wonder why is this such a big story - I feel this is a huge game changer in civil rights and the pursuit of individual freedom.
In the past, people had some control of their own privacy. In the 21st century lifestyle - we've given up some of our hard fought for civil rights regarding freedom in return for the convenience of our web lifestyle.
Other rights regarding our freedom were taken away from us under the guise of security following Sept. 11 and one of the most horrendous assaults on the free society.
We all believed that for our safety we should give away some of our rights to protect us from lunatics that want to destroy all of us.

Now a new danger is lurking with the drones that will be able to monitor each and every one of us from the sky and follow our actions 24/7 without us even knowing about it.
Sure, some will say that the current laws might prohibit that - but the minute we the people allow drones to fly above us and follow anything that moves - it's just a matter of time before we will be the focus of that drone's attention.

While some may say - if you have nothing to hide - there's no reason to worry.
The worry isn't about what a person has to hide.
It's about the fact that our privacy - one of the most basic rights any animal, including humans have- might be taken from us.

George Orwell predicted this dangerous world decades ago in his monumental book 1984 - but sadly the world doesn't care.

The dangers of loss of civil liberties aren't ever seen immediately. It takes time, sometimes even years before people fully realize the extent of the danger.

I know many will claim this is paranoia and in a world so full of crime we need to allow law enforcement to do their job to make our world safer.
That said, yesterday, a friend has told me that he has read that crime in Los Angeles, has fallen to it's lowest levels in 60 years so I guess crime isn't the biggest threat right now.

The bigger threat is that our modern society seems to be slowly moving backwards into an older model that gives citizens less freedom and what's amazing is how few people are raising any voice of concern.

The news in the world is divided between news from two opposite worlds - the modern world where freedom and civil rights are being taken away from it's citizens without anyone raising their voice.
While at the same time - in the Arab World - thousands of people are losing their lives in a war to regain back the civil rights they too gave away in the past and allowed their countries to deteriorate into a world where eventually they had no rights at all.

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