Since its inception four decades ago, the Internet has revolutionized our world. Yet many of its original promises remain unfulfilled and, since the early 2000s, its development has been co-opted by surveillance capitalists whose profit models rely on human behavior and experience as their primary resource. As we traverse the Internet, every click, swipe, scroll, and tap is tracked, collected, sold, and analyzed in attempt to manipulate behavior.
Not only are governments failing to protect their citizens from these exploitative data practices, but they too have long been engaged in dragnet surveillance schemes of their own. The disconcerting realities of the digital age leave Internet users in a difficult position – trapped within structures they never truly consented to and unaware of the puppeteers behind their screens.
As Internet connectivity spreads, a dystopian future hurtles towards us at an exponential pace. This is the threat that The Privacy Issue was founded to address – with accessible, rigorous, and fair journalism and practical strategies for reclaiming our digital rights. Through education and advocacy, we aim to make sense of the complex and interconnected privacy issues facing populations everywhere today. The Privacy Issue is a resource to explore, to question, to investigate, to debate. We hope our readers will sharpen the tools of democracy and help us harness all that’s good about the Internet, allowing it to flourish as the force for freedom it has the potential to be.
The Privacy Issue is an editorial platform established by IVPN, an Internet privacy company founded in 2009. IVPN's mission is to enable humans with the power to control and secure their private information online. The Privacy Issue is a distinct project with an independent editorial voice and decision-making.
Opinions expressed here are not those of IVPN or its parent company Privatus Limited and vice versa. The Privacy Issue recommends a wide variety of technical solutions for stronger digital privacy and cybersecurity, taking into consideration the suggestions of Internet freedom groups worldwide. Occasionally, we will ask the reader to consider IVPN where the conversation is appropriate – in these instances, as with all of our content, we invite critical thinking and rigorous examination.
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