Using Technology for Freedom

Yesterday I mentioned Digital Nomads, who are people who find freedom in travel. They do this by embracing technology which affords them a lifestyle on the road. In addition, there others who are not nomadic but choose freedom based upon where they live. These individuals embrace technology too. This is not to say they surrender their privacy. No, they use the technology that is needed in order to obtain the freedom they desire. Again, using the technology needed to obtain freedom.

The reality of using technology is we must give up information about ourselves if we want to utilize. This goes for free and pay for services. To a degree, it is a form of bartering, not always equally agreed.  The important part to keep in mind is to not place too much trust in the services you utilize. Meaning, just because a company states XY&Z in a privacy policy does not mean they will always stand behind the promise. What is the statement, the road to hell is paved with good intentions?

I believe that responsible privacy begins with the self. It must be you who decides what technology to use and what information to give away. That begins by reading which information is collected and how it is utilized. Then you must decide if the sacrifice of privacy is worth service. If so, I say indulge responsibly.

Frank M. Ahearn

Author of: The Art of Disappearing: 199 Essential Privacy and Disappearing Tips


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