Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Databases: Creating a New Digital Divide

Chow, Eugene, K. "Databases: Creating a New Digital Divide."Huffington Post, July 30, 2012.

From the blog: "Essentially, the root of the problem lies in the gap between our digital selves and our physical selves. We've ceded power to our electronic profiles and now our physical beings matter less than the data -- the person in front of the immigration agent, poll worker, or bank teller is meaningless compared to what is on the screen. In other words, data now constructs our identity rather than vice versa. That is to say, if the Social Security Administration believes you are dead, then you are denied all the rights of the living, even if you appear in person. Meanwhile, if some esoteric database believes you are a child molester, illegal immigrant, or convicted felon, then you must deal with the consequences whether it is deportation, rejection from jobs, or being ostracized by your neighbors until you can rectify the error." Read more