I agree. The more 'free' a country is when it comes to, well, free speech, the more you can expect people there to speak their mind and let their opinions be heard. I think it's unfortunate that not every person in the world can enjoy this freedom--which many regard as something so basic.
Well, you couldn't have put it better, Kim. Well-said. I think it goes without saying that even saints have something to hide. Thank goodness the world's population has reached such numbers that most are not interested in what the other has to hide--unless it happens to be Justin Bieber. (Or somet other public figure with millions and millions of followers!)
Very true. You have to be very careful with what you are saying in Russian Internet.I remember my mom was begging me to close the post where I told about low salaries of Unviersity teachers. People are arrested when they critisize the authorities. No fun at all.
@Kim Davis: From what I've seen on Reddit, I've got reason to believe otherwise.
Even when we're not being watch by others, a lot of people are putting out that information whether we want to see it or not. Basically, even when our privacy isn't being eroded we're busily figuring out new ways to erode it ourselves...
... but perhaps that's the price we pay for wanting to have two-way communication with the world. People seem to forget that windows work both ways.
"I think the listening component is more what some people are concerned about. Personally, I'd prefer to feel safer -- or at least believe that someone who shot a gun illegally was more likely to get caught -- than worry about having a conversation in a public place overheard. "
@alison_ you are right..If this is all about our security , I have no issues and since we are not the culprits or have any bad intentions so we don't bother either if our conservations are being recorded or overheard by public
I guess that despite this capability being there, the actual listening from what the microphone captures will take a sampling approach...i.e. they will only listen in on random picks of conversation. This would lower the probablility of you ever being listened in on. I think of it in terms of also phone companies for instance...they actually keep a transcript of all our call conversations, but fortunately nobody ever gets to scrutinize them under normal circumstances.
I guess it depends where you live: Those of us in relatively free nations, where you normally aren't thrown in jail for nothing, are less afraid of being overhead because - worse case - you might be a little red in the face if someone hears something a bit naughty or rude. In too many nations, however, even the most innocent of comments could put you in jail without a lawyer, a release date, or even a criminal charge.
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