- The issue of Internet Privacy is being used in reference to keeping one's digital information/data secret/concealed from criminals, corporations, governments and the likes of the NSA. However, I would say that this term is being misused, perhaps intentionally for the purpose of confusing and misleading us to support that which we actually oppose. If we just take a step back, we might realize that it's not a question of Privacy in and as the Public Domain, but one of a lack of integrity and accountability.Privacy pertains to one's own personal space in/as the body of information that he or she would keep concealed/secret within and as that personal space. The Public Domain of digital information that encompasses all that has become the Internet as the Global Mind – of Potential – is in fact not able to be private or privatized due of the nature of its design, it's collective. Thus to demand privacy for one's digital information in/on/as the Internet is like demanding privacy while walking down a public street; you're not going to get it because of the nature of a public street, it's public domain.
Although the majority of Internet privacy advocates probably use the Internet without intending to cause harm, what they may not realize is that, the privacy one demands for his/her information in and as the public domain is actually secrecy/anonymity – that which is currently being exploited by abusers who often do intend to cause harm. The issue of Internet Privacy cloaks anonymous-abuse under the guise of free-speech and privacy; thus distracting us from seeing the cause of the very abuse that is facilitated by Information anonymity/secrecy.
It's a world in reverse: anonymous groups demanding privacy – in the Public Domain – for protection from the very-abuse that proliferates due to and thorough anonymity/secrecy/unaccountability, portrayed as free-speech and privacy in and as the Public Domain. This situation in which many currently find themselves spurred on by Anonymous groups in support of Internet privacy while at the same time ignoring the issue of Internet Integrity/Accountability is exactly where the information abusers would have us be: anonymously directed and distracted towards an issue such as privacy in the public domain, not realizing that Privacy, Secrecy and Anonymity in and as the public domain are all one and the same, Unaccountability, the grandfather of Abuse.
The war against Information Abuse is with ourselves, and our common enemy, the spawn of Fear is Secrecy/Unaccountability. It hides within and as us-all behind the cloaks of Privacy, Anonymous, National Security, Classified, Confidential, Top Secret, For your Eyes Only, and so on to the cloak of Ignorance and the little white lies by which we infect our children, damning them to become that which deep-down inside we all realize is just an extension of the same lie.
John F. Kennedy put elitism into perspective when he said “The very word "secrecy" is repugnant in a free and open society”; however, what he failed to expose before he died, was the role that “We the people” play in authorizing repugnance at the higher levels of the system through our acceptances and allowances of repugnant secrecy/unaccountability within and as ourselves.
Secrecy as the containment of information within and as any domain is by definition the absence of honesty which by default, limits the holders (us) to the lies we accept and allow ourselves to be-hold and be Hell-ed. Why should we the people expect, the elite to be transparent, open and honest in the Public domain with their secret information, when we ourselves insist on privacy/secrecy for ours? It's a double standard, a cycle of dishonesty/unaccountability that persists because neither the Masses nor the Elite have had the courage or will to be the first to lower their Informational weapons of Secrecy/Unaccountability.
Information Unaccountability is a weapon of mass destruction that will continue to spread destruction, disease and death until “We the People” stand up and become accountable sources of all our information within and as the Public Domain. This is the window of opportunity that the Internet as the externalized collective mind of human information is currently presenting for us to stand up and remove our cloaks of secrecy; thus exemplifying that Fear is not to be feared but exposed for what it is and has always been, a lie obscuring the truth.
What happens in the Internet as the external collective mind, also happens in the internal minds of human beings. Thus, by standing and supporting 100% Information Accountability within and as the Internet, we will not-only nurture Integrity within and as the Internet, but also within and as ourselves as humanity; thus welcoming the end to the age of Abuse, and a new beginning perhaps for mankind. As we the people stand and begin to lower our Informational weapons of secrecy, so too will the corporations, governments and spy agencies, for who are they but us.