In his book 21 Trends for the 21st Century, Gary Marx writes that in the face to face world we have more control over our identity and privacy than in the online world, where invasions of privacy and unwanted attentions are commonplace. At ASB we take all this very seriously. We want to educate our parents and children about these issues so that they can be aware of the risks and make good decisions about privacy. Recently a jihadist was arrested in India for making threats on a website against our school. This got me thinking about the benefits that are associated with monitoring all our data and the importance of striking a balance between our safety and our civil liberties. Marx asks an interesting question: who should be monitored - and in the interest of fairness, should everyone be monitored? Shouldn't we all be happy that data is being collected because it can prevent terrorist activities or help to capture criminals? And how private should private be, especially if it impacts on the safety of our community?
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