Technology can help us be better stewards of our resources and that’s a wonderful thing. But we also need to know that our technology is an extension of ourselves, and it’s vital that we use it to our best advantage. In this way, technology can help people become better stewards of our resources.
A great example of this is the NSA whistle blower Edward Snowden. For years the NSA was only concerned with stopping terrorists and spies from reaching the U.S. (at least that’s what the government had to say). Well, Snowden leaked details of how the NSA was spying on civilians without their knowledge and it forced the US government to have a much clearer view of its spy operations. It also led to a major change in how the US government interacts with foreign countries.
I’m not saying that tech companies should ignore whistle blowers. I am saying that a lot of tech companies are doing things that are really bad for people who work in this sector. The whole “don’t spy on people” thing is really a marketing ploy. People are already afraid of anything that looks like a computer (yes, even cellphones).
They should, but they dont. And it makes sense, because we’ve been conditioned to think spy agencies should be our friends, and if they’re not, then there’s no need to get all buddy buddy with them.
Sure, but in a lot of ways companies who support whistle blowers really don’t want to hear about them. If you were a whistle blower, you probably wouldn’t be working for a big company right now. You would be working for a small (usually) for-profit enterprise. And it is possible to do things that help people who work in the tech sector. We all know that our tech sector is hurting. We all know that the people who work in it are hurting.
But how do we support whistle blowers? Well, we have a lot of companies that support them who also might be against whistle-blowers.
We’ve been hearing about several large corporations doing things to help whistle blowers. Amazon, for example, recently made a donation to the hacker group WikiLeaks. Other companies, such as Microsoft, Facebook, or Google have also said that they will help out with whistle-blowers. Also, some private companies might offer incentives to employees who are willing to reveal wrongdoing. For example, Wal-Mart donated $10,000 to the hacker group Anonymous.
This is not really new, but I think it is important to highlight this. The whistle-blower movement was created in the late 1980s by government employees who said they felt they were being harassed and threatened for revealing wrongdoings to anyone who cared to listen. The whole idea was that even if whistle-blowing was considered illegal, it was necessary if you were going to save the innocent. However, this was not a new idea and it has been around for years.
In fact, in many cases it has been used to protect the guilty and save the innocent. Remember that time someone reported the theft of a bank’s money? They were told to go see the bank president and tell him that there was a “security breach” and that he needed to “shut down the whole bank”. The president then said, “I will have a security guard come out to the bank to escort you” and they left.
Or if it was a whistle blower and he was caught, he was threatened to get a long sentence. This is a great example of the importance of technology to protect whistle-blowers and protect the guilty. Technology could be used to protect the innocent too, as long as people are willing to give up information. We are in the same boat as the president of the bank who shut down the whole bank. The only difference is that there is a lot more information to protect.